Annual district hike
The Bridgetown District Scout Committee held their annual district expedition on Saturday January 19, 2013. This event is held to bring Scouts and Venture Scouts of the District together to utilise and hone their map, compass and leadership Skills which they were taught at training either at the Troop or District Level. This year a total 57 Scouts and six Leaders from five Scout Troops took part in this event.
Scouts hiked by foot and by cycle covering a mileage by foot ranging from 13 to 20 kilometres (eight to 12.5 miles) while the cyclist travelled a total of 26 Kilometres (16.1 miles). Those scouts that walked started from four locations, namely the Grantley Adams International Airport in Christ Church, Lower Burney in St. Michael, the Mount in St. George and Harrison College in Bridgetown.
With the weather conditions very favourable for this event which took all five patrols through urban and rural Barbados, the Scouts passed through the many parishes including St. George, Christ Church, St. John, and St. Philip taking careful note of the many places of interest and landmarks such as the St. Philip Parish Church, Bushy Park Racing Track, Princess Margaret Secondary School, Emerald City, Ebenezer Methodist Church, Her Majesty Prison Dodds and Beulah Methodist Church to name a few.
The Patrols started to arrive at King George Park in the early afternoon and even though for many of the Scouts it was a time of enjoyment, they were all delighted to have this time to rest and reflect on the trip which they had just completed.
A number of Scouts were interviewed after the event to gauge their response to the hike. Jonathan Peter a Scout of the Bay Primary Scout Troop said that it was enjoyable and he is anticipating the next district hike. Terrell Mason of the First Sea Scouts Troop as well as Eziah Kirton of the Harrison College Scout Group spoke of the wonderful experience of hiking and the joy of completing the hike. Other hikers shared their experiences on the hike which ranged from having a few grazes from falling off their cycles to being chased by a homeowners untied dog.
In speaking with activity coordinator Stephen Sobers he was pleased with the attendance of Scouts from the District and their dedication. He mentioned that hiking is an integral part of the Scout Programme and is done at Patrol, Troop and District level. He further stated that the hiking aspect of the Annual District Expedition is used by some Scouts and Venture Scouts as practice for Chief Scout and Queen Scout Award Hikes.