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It’s a bird … It’s a plane … It’s SUPER SCOUTER! These eight volunteers


find time for Scouting, family and a whole lot more — and you can, too. b y ma r k r a y • i llus t r a t ions b y phi ll f l a n der s


hether your Scouting role requires an hour per week or an hour per week per Scout, fi nding enough time


can be a challenge. Yet countless Scouters have fi gured out how to balance their Scouting jobs and “real” jobs.


AVERY CHIPKA CHAPEL HILL, N.C.


JOB Self-employed outdoor educator who (along with his wife, Casey) teaches scuba, wilderness fi rst aid and much more


SCOUTING ROLE Advisor, Venturing Crew 505


SUPERPOWER: DUPLICATION (Able to be two places at once) Avery Chipka’s work takes him all over the world — oſt en during the summer, Scouting’s prime season for adventure. Yet he maintains an active schedule with his crew, including such events as a 16-day backpacking and canoeing trip to Alaska last summer. How does he manage? “The biggest part is the team we have of adult leaders,” he says. “Our crew functions not only around us but also the other


adult leaders that are part of the program.” On the plus side, Avery’s


schedule helps when, for example, his Venturers have a three-day weekend. “If we want to leave Thursday night, we don’t have to struggle with taking a day off work,” he says. Another plus: he never has to


worry about having trained adults — or Venturers — on hand for high-adventure activities.


ADVICE FOR BUSY SCOUTERS “At fi rst, it seems like a time commitment. Over a short period of time, it turns into part of your life.”


FINAL WORD “In my work fi eld we deal with college students a lot. The Venturing crew has really helped us develop our skills with that.”


SEPTEMBER•OCTOBER 2014 ¿ S COUTING 37


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