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Maston recognized for 60 years of scouting

‘I don’t regret one minute of it’

Published on July 12, 2017

George ‘Skip’ Maston (left) accepts a certificate and pin for 60 years of service to Scouts Canada from Cumberland area commissioner John McKay.

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AMHERST – An Amherst man marked 60 years volunteering with Scouts Canada this past June.

George (Skip) Maston received a pin and certificate amongst scouting friends marking the achievement.
Reflecting on his years in scouting, the 88-year-old man says that the best part about it is the result of lasting friendships both kids and adults make.
“I don’t regret one minute of it,” he said. “You make a lot of good friends in it and it becomes like a family. We still keep in contact.”
Maston also received letters of support from fellow scouting members past and present, including from those who were once children in Maston’s patrols.
“You learn an awful lot from the kids you’re working with,” he chuckles.
A large photo album was passed around at the gathering, bringing back many memories for Maston and his friends.
One of Maston’s fondest memories from scouting is that of two provincial canoe trips he led at Lake Rossignol, just south of Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site.
The trips each involved about 32 participants. During the trip they had a Mi’kmaq cultural presentation from Andy Moore.
Years later while visiting Kejimkujik, Maston met a woman who turned out to be Moore’s granddaughter.
“That moment was just so special,” he said.
Another memory for Maston was during the 1960s when Maston was consulted in Tatamagouche in regard to his senior patrols. Scouts Canada was first forming the Venturers program for teenage members at the time.
He strongly feels that a collaboration between the adults and children is needed for relationships in scouting.
“You shouldn’t be standing on a pedestal. They shouldn’t have to be coming up to us,
he said. “I think we should be coming down to meet them. We have to be open to their ways, and they have to be open to ours.”
He also mentions the challenges of face-to-face contact with today’s social communication through phones and computers.
Maston offers some important advice as well to the younger generations.
“There’s no such thing as ‘you can’t do it,’ as far as I’m concerned,” Maston said. “You’ve got to put your full effort into everything and have pride in what you do. You’ve got to have teamwork and look after each other.”