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WAYNE HO SAN JOSE, CALIF.


JOB Senior IT manager


SCOUTING ROLE Assistant Scoutmaster, Troop 452


SUPERPOWER: INTUITIVE APTITUDE (Able to use Wood Badge training in life) Wayne Ho’s job at a Silicon Valley tech firm keeps him hopping, but he still finds time for Scouting. Balancing the two means using his breaks and daily commute to handle Scout communica- tions and relying on other troop adults to back him up when he can’t get away. “I appreciate our troop’s very good teamwork to support each other,” he says. “I really enjoy helping others, the same as others help me.” Good troop planning helps him avoid most schedule conflicts.


“We do pretty solid planning for the year, for the month and for each of the activities,” he says. Wayne adds that Scouting has benefited him professionally.


Aſter he used skills from Wood Badge to help his boss be more effi- cient, he was promoted to manager and later to senior manager.


ADVICE FOR BUSY SCOUTERS “You may not help like a Scoutmaster or committee chair, but you can do a little job. And even a small job will help a lot.”


FINAL WORD “My Scouting experiences have not only improved my personal growth but my professional life as well. Sometimes you get from what you gave.” ¿


HELPING PARENTS FIND THEIR POWERS


People who are new to Scouting often assume they can help out only by serving in a time- intensive role like Cubmaster or Scoutmaster. But there are roles in Scouting that take far less time and that require vastly dif- ferent skills. You can help parents in your


unit find their niche by asking these questions:


fHow much time can you commit to Scouting?


fWhich times of the day or week work best? Which don’t work at all?


fAre there seasons during the year when you have more or less flexibility?


fDo you prefer to work with young people or adults or both?


fDo you prefer to work alone or on a team?


fDo you have hobbies or professional skills that would benefit Scouting?


fWould you like to use your existing skills or try something new?


fIs there anything you don’t want to do?


SEPTEMBER•OCTOBER 2014 ¿ S COUTING 41


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