Caring for cubs

Shamar Brathwaite and Marlon Grimes presenting principal Jenifer Hoyte with a gift.
Shamar Brathwaite and Marlon Grimes presenting principal Jenifer Hoyte with a gift.

With male leaders in the Barbados Boys Scout Association being a very precious few, what better way to foster future leaders than to recognise them when acknowledgement is due?

Principal of the St. Matthias Primary School, Jenifer Hoyte, told Barbados TODAY it was for this reason that they decided to hold the inaugural awards ceremony to recognise the 45 boys who were members of the Arthur Smith cub scout pack.

“I think the scouts worked so well they deserved to be awarded for their commitment to duty and the whole organisation. It was also a way to motivate them to continue and encourage other boys to join,” she said.

“There was a time when everybody believed girls were outshining boys, so this is to encourage our boys. They are good enough and they should strive for higher ideals in life.

An organisation like [the Boys’ Scout Association] prepares them and encourages them to be good leaders…

“When they go off to secondary school and join an organisation they can understand the importance of being apart of one.” The award service was held yesterday evening at the St.

Matthias Church in Christ Church. Scouts were rewarded for their achievements during the year 2012-2013.

Among the prizes was Cub Scout of the Year, in honour of head of the cadet corps at the Graydon Sealy Secondary School, Lincoln Springer, which was shared by Chad Haynes and Marlon Grimes. Jared Gunraj received the Spirit of Scouting Award, which was in honour of 80–year–old scout leader Doriel Greene, while brothers Devon and Deshon Bynoe shared the award for Best Deportment.

The Cadet Under Officer James Award went to Kurt Seifort, while a number of the scouts were rewarded for their helpfulness.

The boys also showed their appreciation for others and presented the Madam Ifill Day Care Centre, located in the district, with a hamper of items to be used at the nursery. The Beavers presented one of the oldest men in the district and a familiar helping hand at the school, Carl Phillips, with a basket of goodies; and Terry Woods, a friend of the school, was also presented with a gift. (KC)

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