Scott is an entrepreneur and businessman. After a background as the Head of Outdoor Education for Brighton Grammar taking over 1000 kids a year on camping expeditions, Scott now owns his own camping store, runs a company called Camp Plan – a resource centre for things related to camping and more recently The Outdoors Guy a family camping related business – key focus is connecting kids to parents and people to the environment. He is a father of 7 year old boy (Ethan) and an eleven year old girl (Laura).
A great interview introducing the next phase of the Fired Up Adventure.
Key Points of Interview
Type of Dad
Scott reports himself to be a work in progress. He believes that he is the classic case of the electrician and architect whose house is never finished.
As a Outdoor Education Lead with Brighton Grammar he reports being away from home, 28 weeks a year he reported previously being an expert at being a parent to everyone else’s children and absent from his own.
This resulted in some health issues and forced Scott to change his work habits. He is now the home Dad. He loves it and has found the change invigorating.
Scott discusses the transition from being the primary bread winner to the home dad. The reason the change came about and the physical and emotional change required.
Scott has some great stories about the journey and the realisation of what he had missed in being absent so much.
Toughest Dad moment.
Some of the toughest moments of late for Scott have not related to being a Dad but more toward is pole within the household. Scott respects the authority of his wife as the house maker she has previously been and now that she runs the business he has struggled to find a domain that he can call his.
In trying to keep the peace his doctor has made him open up to his wife and this has had advantages.
Scott discusses this journey and the progress to date.
Tell me the story about how you and your partner created balance in your relationship? What is the key to maintaining a good relationship?
Scott met his wife when undertaking his Outdoor Educations studies. In a compressed course of 14 people leaving together for an extended period of time everybody could see they were made for each other except them.
Scott believes that the key to a balanced relationship is allowing each party to do what they want to do, but ensure that you come together and check in regularly.
Give the listeners your experience in balancing career and family. What in your opinion is the key?
Scott’s background in Outdoor education and doing Adventure camps for with school children meant he saw a lack of connection between Dads and their children because a good deal of the Dads were in high powered jobs that required a lot of them and were absent from the home.
Scott started to run Adventure Camps for Dads and their kids through the school and they were sold out in 24 hours or less.
Scott’s mantra in this space is that ‘there is great power and magic at the intersection of human relationships and the natural environment. Scott believes that because of the saturation of time and the removal from the everyday environment there is an improved ability to connect.
Scott via his business The Outdoors Guy is partnering up with a new division of Fired Up Dads, called Fired Up Adventures to now run Father and Children Adventure Weekends.
The first of these events is in November 2015.
Scott discusses what Dads can expect at these events.
Scott finishes the segment by giving his take on how to balance career life and children.
What is your biggest worry when it comes to your children and how/what are you doing to mitigate these concerns?
Scott’s biggest concern is that his children will grow up under influences other than ours.
To mitigate this, he is working on being a process orientated parent, meaning that rather than acting reactively to the happenings of his children, he is working proactively to the point of the development of session plans for life skills and more.
Scott tells a great story here about how he and his colleagues identified the lack of this type of initiative and went after it.
What one thing would you change to help you be a better dad?
Scott is already making the change by building his business around his family.
- Favorite Dads Toy: The 4WD
- Book: Effective Leadership in Adventure Programming – Simon Priest & Michael Gast
- Ensure time for yourself: Bush Walking
- Innovative Discipline: Stop – then say ‘If you were in my position watching you? What do you think I would be thinking right now?
- Family Tradition: Friday Night – Better Homes and Gardens
- Personal Habit: Patience
Never stop asking questions or seeking advice.
Don’t try to be friends with your kids. They need a champion, a hero and a guide.