Cub leader farewelled after five years
GLADSTONE dad Geoff Rohde always thought there was more to scouts than tying knots and navigation.
And he found out he was right after he joined to become a cub leader five years ago.
At the Kareeba Scouts family night in November, the group farewelled Mr Rohde, as his time as a cub leader came to an end.
He was presented with a Leaping Wombat award.
Mr Rohde said his time with the scout group gave him the opportunity to teach children life lessons.
"At a cub level they're still fairly young, so you get to have a bit of influence on them," he said.
"We've had foster kids join, children with learning disabilities, kids who wouldn't eat their veggies ... a wide variety."
Mr Rohde's interest in the community group stemmed from his own children joining scouts.
"Initially I was in the fundraising side of it. I thought there was more to this, and they needed new leaders, so I signed up and the rest is history," he said.
"It's a lot better than sitting down behind a computer playing games at night."
Mr Rohde encouraged anyone interested to join scouts, whether they're six years old or a father.
"Scouts is a really good thing but people have to learn not to be 100% dedicated to it, there's more to life," he said.
"My oldest child is married and sings in a local band, my other daughter is at university and my son is working in Gladstone.
"You have to make sure you spend your time with your own family too."
During his time as a cub leader he took children to visits to the fire station and on walks during their weekly programs.
During the family night the group unveiled its new access ramp donated by Monadelphous.
Group leader Peter Vaissiere thanked the company for its generosity and support for the local club.