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A look back at scouting

In the last edition of On my Honour, it was decided to present the final extracts of the Scouts AGM which was recently held at the headquarters of the Barbados Boy Scouts Association and chaired by His Excellency Sir Elliott Belgrave, the Chief Scout.

The Scout Sections

The Scout Sections are administered by national Scout Committees whose goals among other things are to work towards the rebuilding the various Scout Sections. The Scouts in these Sections have been very busy participating in many activities which were scheduled.

Events such as the National Roundtable which took place at the Gordon Walters Primary School and the various Venture activities formed the forum for the Scouts to discuss many issues which occur in their sections. The opportunity was also used to target specific programmes for their contribution to the Centenary of Scouting.

Attendance at Parades

The civic mindedness of the Scouts is seen in their fulfilment of the aspect of their promise which states “to do my duty to … my country ….”

Scouts take this very seriously and so in our country the membership of the Barbados Boy Scouts is always involved in many areas such as the national Parades which teach the young men the joys of service to one’s country.

In addition to participating in the Remembrance Day and Independence Day Parades, members of the Sections participated in the BWU May Day Parade. They also participated in the National Jubilee Service and the National Independence Service. The Scouts were also part of the Guard of Honour for the Swearing-In Ceremony of the new Governor General, Sir Elliott Belgrave K.C.M.G., K.A.

A detachment of over 100 members of the various Sections (most of them Scouts) escorted the Beacon onto the centre of the parade square where, on cue, the beacon was lit by Chief Scout Awardees Johnovan King and Jamar Millar. Also during the RBPF Tattoo that followed the beacon lighting, young Scout Nnamdi Greaves sang I Vow To Thee My Country accompanied by the Police band.

The Scout Section played a major role in the beacon lighting ceremony to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. In recognition of the Centenary of the BBSA, the Association was accorded the honour of lighting the beacon.

Scout Display during Independence Day Parade

In recognition of our Centenary, the Association was accorded the privilege of presenting a 10 minute display during the Independence Day Parade. The Scout Committee was charged by the Chief Commissioner of the BBSA with the responsibility of planning and executing the display.

Working with the other Sectional Committees, a display was choreographed which highlighted all the Sections of the Association. The display was well received and many compliments were received. Special thanks to Trevor Jones and all the members of the presentation who showcased the talents of the national Association for Barbados to see.

The Sections participated in the International Coastal Clean-up 2012 facilitated by the Caribbean Youth Environment Network: Barbados Chapter. Participation was done at District level with the Districts getting involved at locations most convenient to them.

Water based activities are also a critical part of the BBSA mandate as there are many troops which comprise Sea Scouts. Kayaking is one of the areas where these boys can acquire not only practical experience on safety on the high seas, but the acquisition of their various badges.

National Centenary Scout Camp 2012

The National Centenary Scout Camp was held at Scout Headquarters. The programme included Archery, Backwoodsman Cooking, Campfire, Caving, Community Service, Dutch Oven Cooking, Fishing, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Kayaking, Pioneering, and Snorkelling. The highlight of the camp was a visit by the Chief Scout, H.E. Sir Elliott Belgrave. After touring the campsite the Chief Scout expressed his pleasure with what he had seen at the camp.

A visit to the camp by the Chief Scout, His Excellency Sir Elliott Belgrave. The Camp Chief Jeffrey Cheltenham as he explains both the layout and other features of the camp site.

The JOTA and JOTI are real jamborees during which Scouting experiences are exchanged and ideas shared. They happen over the third weekend in October each year and are worldwide events. The Jamboree on the Air is an annual event in which half a million Scouts and Guides all over the world make contact with each other by means of amateur radio. Short-wave radio signals carry their voices to virtually any corner of the world.

The use of amateur radio means that many Scouts get the opportunity to discover the skills of wireless radio techniques and electronics. JOTA is also the only event that offers each individual Scout the opportunity to speak to other Scouts across the world.

Jamboree on the Internet connects Scouts across the world in a similar way to JOTA, but using the Internet. The members of the Barbados Boy Scouts Association were able to join their scouting brothers and sisters all around the world as they participated in the World Scout Jamboree on the Internet and Jamboree on the Air. As on recent occasions these activities continued to be decentralized and are now concentrated at the District and group levels.

The Chief Commissioner in the closing remarks of the AGM spoke on the issue of failure. He stated that full permission should be given to fail safely and with encouragement to apply the hard lessons learnt from failures and to continue the struggle with the challenge at hand.

He continued by stating that a deliberate exercise to fail would call for a new mentality to learn to succeed as it would be alright to fail (take it as a learning experience) but it would be disastrous to fail to learn.

Quoting from his presentation, he said that “to fully appreciate and appropriate the skills, we would need to have a mindset which will constantly challenge existing norms. To me, “creativity is not about looking harder at what is in front of you but turning the head in another direction to try something new”.

Making reference to the economic climate in the climate which has impacted some of the programmes of the various groups and the Association as a whole, the Chief Commissioner stated: Those involved in scouting must not allow the harsh economic climate which has placed serious constraints upon the execution of the programmes to dwarf the efforts on honouring and recognising those who have served us so well over the years. In order to take the BSSA forward by a quantum leap, the level of commitment and team work will determine the extent of their collective achievement because a high degree of discipline is to be expected from all levels in order to achieve what is necessary.


The Chief Commissioner and members of the Barbados Boy Scouts Association join with the country in offering sincerest condolences to Carol, Lady Haynes and the entire family on the passing of Sir Richard Haynes. May he rest in peace.

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