Sam – Assistant outdoor adviser

IMG_7091Sam, in her thirties, juggles a busy job in banking with two toddler-age boys.

In her spare time, she leads 1st Gullane Guides, helps run guiding in the area as the local district commissioner and will soon be taking on a role as Girlguiding Scotland’s Duke of Edinburgh Adviser.

So how does the woman nicknamed ‘Super Sam’ by her county commissioner do it?

“Some things have to give – I don’t have time for TV and my washing basket is always full!

“It’s a juggling act and sometimes I take my boys with me, which they seem to really enjoy!

“I’m constantly on the go but if I didn’t enjoy it, I wouldn’t do it.

“My employer really supports me too – they give us two volunteering days a year and I can apply for matched funding to support my chosen charity.”

She says guiding gives girls and young women vital skills for their future careers.

“Guiding is about running meetings, planning, budgeting, thinking where you want to be in a few years’ time – and the value of all the amazing life experiences it gives you.

“These are all fantastic employability skills.”

Sam has been involved in guiding since she was a child.

“My dad was in the navy so we moved around a lot and the Brownies gave me ready-made friends.

“When we moved back to Helensburgh I joined the Guides and loved it so much I went on to become a Brownie leader.

“I even stuck with it on my gap year in Canada – it was remarkably similar apart from the uniform, and they loved learning Scottish country dancing!”

Now, she says guiding is the perfect remedy for a busy life.

“Guiding is the antidote to working at a desk in an office job – it gives you the balance!

“Just listening to the Guides and watching them develop keeps me young. Giving them opportunities to do things they haven’t done before gives me a real buzz.

“We’re in a really dynamic County with a great leader who always makes sure everyone is supported, levers talent and gives us freedom.

“We’ve got great things happening – our unit Leaders are always picking up new skills and, of course, having fun!”