I get girls and Leaders out onto the snow
Lauren Roberts decided she wanted to apply for her role as Snow Sport Specialist when she saw the advert and realised it was the perfect opportunity to bring together her two favourite hobbies – skiing and guiding.
Where it began for me
I began snow sports at a surprisingly young age; skiing at age four in Austria. I continued every year on family holidays until university where I took my passion for skiing further, joining the university snow sports club, and later becoming the club’s Race Captain.
When I saw the advert for the Snow Sport Specialist, I realised it was was a perfect opportunity to bring together my two favourite hobbies – skiing and guiding. I am so passionate about adventure and the outdoors in guiding and wanted to help promote such activities for all ages.
The thing that gets me most excited is when I hear from units/groups where, as part of an event, they've been on a pair of skis or snowboard. I think: 'brilliant, one more leader seeing it as a possible and successful activity!'
It was all new
My role was a new role when I took it up. I initially carried out research to find out how much snow sporting activity was currently being undertaken in guiding, and I'm now focussing on promoting snow activities to get them on the map for girls.
The thing that gets me most excited is when I hear from units/groups where, as part of an event, they have been on a pair of skis or snowboard. I think: 'brilliant, one more leader seeing it as a possible and successful activity!'
Why what I do is so important
I realised the importance of what I do after a week of camping in France.
The group of Guides I was with took part in a multitude of land and water based activities. A parent explained that, before her daughter joined Guides, she was seeking counselling for her low confidence and self esteem.
The parent went on to explain that her daughter was now a transformed individual and that she believed this was due to her daughter’s involvement in Guides and the challenge of recent adventures.
I believe the best way for leaders to inspire girls into adventure is to give it a go themselves.
Over the next few years it would be great to see a continued increase in the uptake of snow adventures at centres in the UK for all age groups.
Many Leaders aren’t sure where there nearest centre is and what it has to offer, but we're aiming to increase the awareness of these for Leaders to make planning and executing trips straight forward.
I believe the best way for Leaders to inspire girls into adventure, is to give it a go themselves. The girls love it when roles are reversed and they become the reassuring voice in the ear of a Leader who is nervous of a new activity.
So let go, and don’t hold back on having the confidence to explore adventurous activities you’ve never done before!
Come join the Outdoor team
Join this fantastic group of volunteers and staff so they can give even more girls exciting outdoor adventures. There are three roles currently available - Walking Specialist, Sport and Horizon-scanning Specialst and Residential Specialist. Find them all on our Event and opportunity finder.
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