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In You Go: A Year or Two in the Life of a Scout Leader Paperback – 1 Jul 2014

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  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Searchline Publishing; 1st edition (1 July 2014)
  • ISBN-10: 1897864264
  • ISBN-13: 978-1897864265
  • Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 1.5 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (126 customer reviews)
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"IN YOU GO! A year or two in the life of a scout leader" was completely revised and updated in July 2016. It is about the first years that John Hemming-Clark spent as a scout leader in Chislehurst, Kent at a time of life when some are starting to think about putting their feet up. His trials and tribulations as he seeks to learn the ropes with only the most essential training to help him, that and his life experiences, are written about in hilarious detail. Troop meetings, hikes, camps, excursions, his relationship with beavers, cubs and explorers as well as girl guides, leaders, trainers and managers are all included. Read about • how John became a leader after having been sacked as a scout committee chairman • his first troop meeting with just one scout, until three girls turned up • a camping training weekend when John's past finally caught up with him • the infamous hammock camp when a tsunami appeared out of nowhere • the summer camp when a girl guide welly stick was liberated for the day, only to find out that it wasn't actually what the scouts thought it was • a trip to Bewl Water reservoir when an alternative toilet was discovered • a hike when some scouts took up smoking • a winter camp where John was led very astray • the day Bear Grylls ran over his 'phone • the beavers' Nativity play when one boy stole the show • why one team came last on Monopoly on the Run • a family camp when a cub's parents disgraced themselves • the resuscitation evening when Little Annie came into her own, despite being a dummy • the April Fool's Day activity badge that the scouts actually completed • the day the scouts hiked along a sewer • the day John nearly died whilst white water rafting with the devil • the camp where a girl guide won the "best scout" award, and much, much more. 35 chapters of some of the funniest things that have ever happened in scouting.

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Came across this book as a freebie over the new year .I enjoyed Andy Seed's books about teaching and hoped this would be in a similar vein . Oh my god .. With tears streaming down my face with laughter I tried to explain to other half just what was quite so funny ! There might have been a little exaggeration in this book but it was just great to read . I'm looking out for more books by this author and this one is one I will read again .
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I found myself crying with laughter by the second chapter! If you, like me (and the author), decided one day to take the plunge and become a scout leader for no other reason but to ensure that some kids could experience scouting, even if you had no experience of it yourself, you must read this book! Utterly hilarious and at times surreal, it brilliantly exposes the power scouting has, on children and adults alike, to bring out our true nature by constantly confronting us with the unusual and unexpected.
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Insightful and humorous, well-written and (pretty much) true to life. I'm sure all fellow Scouters will sympathise with some of his conundrums even if they've never encountered them personally! An excellent read for anyone with a sense of humour.
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This book was so entertaining and so true to Scout Life. Every Leader should read it. I couldn't put it down...and it gave me a few ideas for my troop too.
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By RK on 30 Sept. 2015
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Great read, funny but also painfully accurate of scouts, parents, leaders and all things scouting. Bravo
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Brilliant funny account of life as a Scout Leader! Reading this book should be part of Scout Leader training.
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Brilliantly funny book, should be part of scout training.
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I loved this, finished in a few hours and can thoroughly recommend it. As a relatively new scout leader, I stand in awe of the things John appears to have little or no fear of attempting and feel like I should spend more time thinking about the "out" in scouts. I particularly liked the Wanda story, although I had a feeling that outcome was going to happen. If John gets to Gilwell24 next year as the assistant explorer leader, I will definitely look him up.
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