Scouts Day: Completing Social Work Placement Hours in New Zealand

Social work major, Alyssa Cormier ’16, served as an intern for Scouts New Zealand when studying abroad in Dunedin, New Zealand. On August 7, 2015, her organization covered the city in scarves and woggles to celebrate the second annual SCOUT Scarf day.

Alyssa became involved with Scouts NZ as a part of her social work senior placement requirements. She serves as the ‘No One Left Behind’ Project Coordinator. At Scouts, Alyssa works on a community development project, with volunteers and leaders to begin a new group in Dunedin, and on a disabilities project.

Scouts Day is dedicated to increase awareness of Scouts. While only eight students hung scarves around town, others participated by wearing scarves to work and school. The scarves only stay up for a day.

Scouting offers fun and friendship for 15,000 girls and boys across New Zealand. The organization is known for impacting young people and has 5,000 adult volunteers. Scouts have the opportunity to learn skills with over 200 activities. Scouting helps those age 6-26 grow as people and become active members of the community. Scouting welcomes those from all backgrounds and an emphasis is placed on bringing the program to those in low socio-economic areas.

SCOUT day is dedicated to raising the profile of Scouts. For one day only, students hung scarves around town and others participated by wearing scarves to work and school.

*Click on the hyperlinks above to learn more about the Dunedin, New Zealand program and to read Alyssa’s original blog published by BCA Study Abroad on August 9, 2015. 

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