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Cubs after badge

join gov’t initiative to widen knowledge of energy

Last Friday morning, November 16, during Barbados Energy Week, representatives from the Cub Scouts section of the Barbados Boy Scouts Association were part of the celebrations.

This occasion was memorable for the Association from the stand point that the Energy and Communication Division located in the Prime Minister’s Office was engaging two national youth organisations, namely the Barbados Boy Scouts and the Girl Guides in expanding their knowledge on energy by working towards the newly sponsored and created Sustainable Energy Badge.

This is made even more significant because the submission and production of this Energy Badge to the Cub Scouts Section has occurred at no better time than the Centenary of the national association.

At a ceremony in Queen’s Park which highlighted the theme for Energy Week 2012 “Energy, the Engine of the Economy”, the importance of energy was emphasised for all the sectors. The feature address was given by Minister of Transport and Works John Boyce.

The National Scouts Association even though not currently having this badge as part of its collection for Cub Scouts, firmly believe that saving, producing, and using energy wisely will be critical to Barbados’ future.

The Founder of Scouting Lord Baden Powell has reminded us that as Scouts, if we are to leave future generations with a world in which they can live as well or better than we have, it is fair to conclude that Scouts and other potential leaders of tomorrow must begin the hard work of understanding energy and the vital role it will play in the future.

It is a fact that achieving energy security is one of the greatest challenges our nation faces. The national leadership is confident in the knowledge that we have the experience, technology and vision to deliver reliable, affordable energy supplies for future generations.

Some of the criteria of this badge will see the Cubs conducting an energy audit of their homes and meticulously keeping a 14 day log which records all the family did to reduce energy use. After the presentation ceremony, the Leaders present, led by the Chief Commissioner, visited the Solar House and were impressed by the use of the source (the Sun) which is taken for granted.

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