Owen & Angela Carew
Humans of Woodlea

Owen & Angela Carew

A life of adventure

While most children might prefer to watch television or play video games, for Owen and Angela’s children, a world of adventure awaits out their front door. While Angela was a Daisy Scout when she was a little girl, it wasn’t until the couple’s eldest son, Sam joined the local Scouts movement in Carrollton, Texas seven years ago, that Scouting reentered their lives.


Now, the couple are leading the Aintree Scout Group in hopes of providing children with the opportunity to do things they otherwise wouldn’t have experienced.

“All kids just want to get out there and enjoy themselves but a lot of the time, there are barriers that stop them doing that – Scouts helps overcome that,” says Owen.

“My favourite thing is watching kids learn how to work with others and build friendships, particularly those children who perhaps don’t quite fit in in the typical school or play environment.”

Owen and Angela met by chance back in the early 2000s. Owen, an accounting student at the time was living in Australia, while Angela was living on the opposite side of the world in the United States. When they connected online, Owen took a leap of faith and made the journey to the US to meet his future wife. 

As dual citizens, Owen and Angela have been lucky to have a foot in the door to both Australia and the United States but it was the couple’s time abroad that reignited their love for scouts. After being heavily involved with Scouts in the US, Owen and Angela decided to move back to Australia in 2019. Today, Owen and Angela feel very rewarded for their efforts in running the Aintree Scout Group, gaining personal satisfaction from seeing kids do things they otherwise wouldn’t have the opportunity to do. Owen is a Scout Leader and Angela, the Group Leader

“My son John recently came back from a Scout trip and before he left, he was very shy and self-contained but when he came back, it felt as though he really opened up,” explains Owen.


“Young people are more capable than a lot of people give them credit for. When they’re given the opportunity, they can surprise you,” explains Angela.


For Angela, Scouting has opened up a world of exciting possibilities, “there are things we have experienced that I would not have been able to do otherwise, or would not have thought to do. From camping on a major racetrack in Dallas to seeing the kids go abseiling.”


Following two years of having to stay at home, more than ever Owen and Angela are enjoying making the most of their freedoms, having already been on four camping trips this year.


“We’ve got three camps coming up over three or four weeks, so it’s going to get really busy. It’s great to see kids who have never camped before go camping and cook and clean for themselves; experiences they might not get just at home.”


“With approximately 35 youth members and consistent growth, we’re really looking forward to having a dedicated Scout’s facility in Woodlea. It will be a valued place that youth can call their own; where they can feel comfortable and define what they want to do, what they want to achieve and how they want to achieve it,” said Owen.


Owen and Angela’s story is part of Humans of Woodlea, an initiative by the fully integrated master planned community as a means of highlighting the unique stories of its residents whilst showing its diversity and spirit.