Dr Marc’s days of getting away being a kid end

Marc Heyning, leader or Mullumbimby Scouts for the last 14 years, walked the rope bridge one last time at his farewell party last Saturday.
Marc Heyning, leader or Mullumbimby Scouts for the last 14 years, walked the rope bridge one last time at his farewell party last Saturday.
After 14 years, four months and a few days (“but who’s counting?”) Dr Marc Heyning is untying his blue and yellow scarf for the last time, bowing out as much-loved leader of Mullumbimby Scouts.

Scouts, ex-scouts and their families held a surprise farewell afternoon tea for him at the Scout Hall in Mullumbimby last Saturday afternoon, where sausages and cake, anecdotes of all the happy years and a few last challenges, were the order of the day.

Marc originally got into scouting when his eldest child joined and a leader was needed, and stayed three years after the last one left.

It was his great sense of fun, his love of challenge, and the sense of belonging that kept him in there.

“You can get away with being a kid,” he said, “and what else would offer you the opportunity to go abseiling and bushwalking, to become a white water instructor?

“You get far more out of it than you put in.”

Scout group president Robyn Berrington paid tribute to the huge contribution that Marc has made to the Mullumbimby members.

“He gave the kids his enthusiasm, his sense of fun and adventure,” she said, “and in these days when everything is so safe it is great to see them encouraged to take risks.”

Marc has never been averse to taking the same kinds of risks he encouraged in the kids, though he is quick to qualify it as “not stupid risk taking,” but rather those that lead to growth.

“It’s been great watching you taking on challenges,” he told those gathered around him for the last time, “and to see you overcome your fears.”

Marc is leaving not because he is moving from the area, but because he feels it is time to take on “new challenges”, and because his role as medical educator is becoming greater.

For now the associate leader will take on Marc’s role, but that will still leave a leadership gap that the scout group will need to fill.

Anyone out in the community who feels this could be for them – and female leaders are particularly needed – could contact Robyn on 6684 0231 or

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