By: Blonde Two

Our Bronze DofE expedition last week was one that was a bit different for the Two Blondes. It was a bit different because we were not in charge. The whole expedition was planned, organised and executed by our three Young Leaders, Search, Numbers and Brummie.

I will leave Blonde One to tell you about just how well the three of them did because it is very much her story to tell. What I want to say today is more about Blonde One than it is about her proteges.

When you give a young person opportunities, I firmly believe that you are giving them a gift. Over the last few years, Blonde One has spent a phenomenal amount of her time and energy working with, encouraging and advising our three lads. They leave us this year to go off to the next stages of their lives. We will miss them, but when they leave, they will take with them the gift that Blonde One has given them.

This gift is not like a Christmas present because they might not yet realise that they have been given it. There will come a time in the future however, when they look back and realise that something that they have just done; a reaction to a tricky situation maybe, or the finding of a solution to a problem; will have been done well because of this gift. Such gifts are of course priceless, they can’t be downloaded and they can’t be given without personal cost.

Search, Numbers and Brummie are amongst the finest young men that I have ever had the privilege of spending time with; but they are even finer as a result of Blonde One’s commitment to them.

And that is all I have to say on this matter. Kipling however, might want to add:

If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And, which is more, you’ll be a Man, my son!