Being Prepared

The blog from the AKS students this week comes from Sam in Year 9 who recently took part in our ‘An Evening of LAMDA.’  We asked Sam what he enjoys most about being a LAMDA student and if there was a particular interest or experience that he would like to share with us.

I think LAMDA is an amazing opportunity to take part in because it’s so much more than just learning how to act. It helps me become a more confident speaker when presenting to bigger crowds – this is a skill I believe is an incredibly important life lesson. I love how there’s something for everyone. There’s so little restrictions: you can take exams in a wide range of different things: from acting to public speaking to reciting poetry, there is so much you can do. One of the most enjoyable things for me personally about LAMDA is the way you can move from one section to another, for instance I have taken exams in three fields so far: Speaking in Public, Acting and Verse & Prose – and this variety is highly encouraged. LAMDA is a lot of things but it is never dull, and that’s probably what I like the most about LAMDA.  I hope you enjoy my insight into Scouting…

I started Scouting four years ago when I was in primary school. I joined because I heard that a group of my friends had recently gone on a trip to the Pleasure Beach in Blackpool and so I tried out Cubs for a few weeks – and absolutely loved it.

I continued going down to the church hall where meetings were held for a few more months before I decided to go on camp. My Scout group does around three camps a year and ever since my first night in a tent I’ve been going on every single camp I can.

While on camp you join up with lots of other Scout groups and complete a huge variety of activities, from throwing axes at targets to canoeing – there are so many you can do while having a great time with your friends.

One of the most important parts about Scouting is the badges that you collect while doing these activities. You can get badges for doing a lot of things, take for instance on my shirt I have a navigation badge, a hike badge and quite a few others. The circular badges on the arm are called Activity Badges and are specific to certain things like: circus skills.  While we were doing this badge, nobody really succeeded at… anything, but they gave us the badge anyway for taking part!

Although these badges are quite fun to collect the most important ones are called Challenge Badges – these kinds of awards you have to work your way up to, take for instance the Outdoor Challenge Badge, which has a very large criteria: you must be able to put up and take down a tent, help cook a meal at the campfire and do lots of other things.

These types of awards are harder to achieve – but they’re well worth it as once you have obtained all nine of these challenge badges, you get what is called your Chief Scout Gold, showing that he or she has completed Scouts successfully.

Although the majority of badges are there for you to collect there is what is called a Personal Achievement – where the Scout and the leader decide upon a goal you can set for yourself. While I was choosing mine I made the mistake of telling the leader I was terrified of spiders and so ever since then, whenever somebody has a spider in their tent (or any bug for that matter), I’m the one who has to deal with it. I’m like the camp’s pest control. Or as I’m more commonly known, ‘Spiderman.’

As well as all the badge work and camping, Scouts do a lot of other things as well: the main one being fundraising. Not long ago one of our leaders had to take some time off when she found out her daughter had cancer in her leg, and so while she was off, the Scouts took it upon themselves to organise a fundraiser for her. We eventually settled on a sponsored silence and raised a total of £429.

I absolutely love Scouting and think I have come so far with it. I would definitely recommend it to anyone of near enough every age because it is such a great thing to do and you get so much from it.

Sam, Year 9