At ScoutsCymru we encourage people to do more, be more and learn more. This is why, as an inclusive movement, we celebrate how diverse and awesome every one of our members are.
With Dyslexia Awareness Week being marked this October, we caught up with one of our members who has shared their experience of being a member of ScoutsCymru with their disability.
21-year-old Kris Hall who is Youth Commissioner for Wales, has Dyslexia and since becoming a Beaver at six-years-old has remained a member of ScoutsCymru for the last 15 years.
Having spent his life in Scouting, Kris shares his experience of being a Scout and having a disability:
“Scouting has always provided me with an incredible amount of support, and I’ve always been told I can achieve anything I want; my Dyslexia has never been a burden! After spending my childhood Scouting, when I turned 18 I wanted to join as an adult volunteer because of the commitment and dedication I was shown as a child, the volunteers provided me with so much support and taught me new skills that I wouldn’t have learnt in school.
“After taking on the role of Youth Commissioner in November 2019, the one thing that always impresses me is how amazing our Young People are! They have so many wild ideas and it’s incredible to hear what they want to achieve. I always encourage them to think outside of the box and know that a splash of creativity can make anything achievable.
“Scouting gave me the chance to be me without thinking about my Dyslexia, giving me the opportunity to learn skills in ways that suited me. I was always told never to worry about my Dyslexia as a child and this has continued into my role within ScoutsCymru as an adult. The staff and volunteers are amazing, they are all so supportive. If I’m struggling to maybe respond to an email as I can’t spell my response or I’m struggling to understand something, I know I can always pick up the phone and call one of them.
“Scouting as taught me over the years that although my Dyslexia does impact my day to day life, I should never let it stop me! Simple tasks like going shopping, answer emails, reading letters etc prove difficult at times and part of my dyslexia means I have short term memory loss. So even a simple task like changing the channel on the tv can become frustrating as I may not remember where I put the remote even if I had it 5 minutes ago! But I’ve come up with little hacks that help me in my daily routine.
“Scouting has always pushed me to achieve the most I can, some of the things I have achieved so far in my life, I wouldn’t have believed were possible ten years ago. From becoming a trainer, public speaking, writing articles, attending international camps like Roverway and the World Scout Jamboree as an assistant Unit Leader and even becoming a Youth Commissioner for Wales.
Scouting gave me the confidence, resilience and determination to push myself, to do things that others thought I couldn’t, and they gave me the belief that anything is possible with the right support and guidance.”
ScoutsCymru gives over 15,000 young people in Wales the opportunity to enjoy fun and adventure while developing the skills they need to succeed, now and in the future. Open to all young people in Wales regardless of faith, gender, sexual orientation, race or social background, the movement encourages its members to do more, learn more and be more.
Did you know …
Check out this video for more on Dyslexia – https://youtu.be/D_lW_8eU28c