Hello, my name is Heather (CA), one of the Autumn shorties, and I'm from Canada. I'm smiling this week because of the amazing shorties. I received some bad news this week, that a fellow classmate passed away. As soon as they heard, they came to see that I was ok. Adam and Jordan forced me on a walk and made ridiculous jokes that made me laugh. They have offered to listen should I need it. The pinkies have become a second family to me, and I couldn't be more thankful for them, than I am right now. They also know how to make feel at home, I'm quite shy normally but they've managed to pull me out and now I get involved much more with everything.
Another thing that has made me smile, is the work party's. Getting to know amazing new people and talking with them about past adventures and future dreams, has helped to understand how different scouting is in other countries. Even just knowing them for a week can cement a friendship of something more, that will last a long time.
The scenery here also makes me smile. I live in Calgary, Alberta with the mountains on my doorstep, but I don't get to hike as much because I'm busy. All you have to do here is walk out of the doors and they are all around you.
That is why I'm smiling...