With David W. Jones AM FCA, Chairman of the National Executive CommitteeDavid Jones

A couple of weeks ago, I was interviewed by the ABC Regional Station about Scouting and specifically about Lord Baden-Powell's Book “Scouting for Boys”, the fourth bestselling book of the 20th Century,  which was 104 years old on the day.

Apart from some questions in general about Scouting, I was asked: “What did I learn in Scouts that helps me today?”
My reply was:
"Well it is funny that you should ask that question, so let me tell you a short story...
Two nights ago on my way home in my car, I pulled up at some traffic lights next to a nearly completed construction site.

There, laying on the ground, face down, was an elderly gentleman. He was not moving. I quickly jumped out of my car and dashed over to him. To my horror, I realised he had tripped on the new footpath and had fallen onto his face, breaking his nose and severely cutting his face.

Immediately my Scout first aid training came back to me. Using skills I had learnt as a boy in Scouting, I was able to ascertain that he had not done any other damage, after thoroughly checking his arms, legs, back and neck.

With the help of another passerby, who happened to be an off duty policeman, we were able to get him upright and look after him, while waiting for an ambulance.

The ambulance people cleared him of any serious injury, thanked both of us for our help and took the gentlemen home.
So I said to the ABC interviewer, “That is what I learnt in Scouting that helped me that day”.

That’s why we say

“Scouting is an education for life”.