Dale Robins has been recognised for her exceptional service to Scouting by receiving a Silver Kangaroo Award.
Since receiving the Silver Emu award in 2001, Dale Robins has continued her excellent service to 2/3 Lindfield Group where she is still an active Akela, to Scouting in general and to the community. That same year she was awarded the OAM for services to The Movement and the Nepalese Community.
Her embracing of inclusiveness on every level has resulted in a Scout Group in which tolerance, understanding, and acceptance are practised by the youth and reinforced by the Leaders.
Within her Group, District, and Region, Dale is recognised as a Leader who leads by personal example and is always willing to share her many years of Scouting wisdom and experience.
Dedicated and enthusiastic, she has always been happy to assist with other Sections, attending two Scout Jamborees and helping the Senior Scout section in the transition to Venturers.
Dale says she was “shattered and shocked” when she received the news and was still trying to let it sink in days later.
Dale explained: “It was lovely to be recognised like this and it made for a nice weekend! It’s something I really appreciate and I’m so thankful for it.
“Doing what I do and working with children, many of whom are autistic, is so rewarding. Of course it can be challenging but it’s all worth it. Scouts take kids and help pull them up and over their problems. It’s a place to meet friends for life and get to know some fabulous people.
“When I was diagnosed with cancer I remember so many people from Scouts helping with in so many ways like bringing me food when I was getting treatment. This is what it’s all about, I got help when I was in need and I help others in the same way.”
Dale is currently noting a large and increasing number of former Cubs, now parents, who are choosing to send their Cub age children to her to participate and enjoy the activities they experienced themselves.
Dale continues to promote Scouting within the wider community, and still enjoys travelling with her smartly uniformed Pack on public transport, where possible, to reach activity destinations and country campsites.
Speaking on her group today, Dale added: “One of the most rewarding things I’m seeing is so many children from different cultural backgrounds mixing together at Scouts.
“So many different nationalities are represented which is making for a real culturally diverse experience for everyone. It’s wonderful for the kids and that is the most important thing.”
Massive congratulations to Dale from all at Scouts NSW!