Proud of our scouts

Boy Scouts, you have made all those who have a close connection with Scouting very proud. When you entered your secondary school of choice over five or six years ago it is certain that you did not realise that before “you sneeze twice” you have been writing CXC or even CAPE exams.

The results were received a few weeks ago and with all the hustle of the vacation, the Commissioners at the national administration did not get the chance to offer to you sincerest congratulations. It is certain that these Leaders within Scouting are equally as happy as the parents who supported them and the teachers who educated them.

These Scouts have honoured the well tried and proven fact which is herald within the walls of the Association that one can still be energetically engaged in Scouting and still succeed academically. It is hoped that the same level of discipline which was exhibited in the Packs, Troops and Units would be seen at the new secondary school for the successful Cub Scouts and in the new forms or even newer secondary school and universities. Make the Barbados Boy Scouts proud yet again by being a well rounded young man.

Community Engagements

Members of the Barbados Boy Scouts are always eager to participate in community activities. They have been a part of the detachments or groups of persons who spent time cleaning the beaches, assisting at fairs and other special events, clearing trails for hikes and other activities.

As a matter of fact, the Boy Scouts were more engaged in community activities where they would have painted homes of the older persons within the district, or even work through their adopted “bob-a-job” programme where the Scouts, having done work in the community, perhaps at private homes would be given money which would have assisted them in their financial preparation for local and overseas camp. The national administration abandoned it in the interest of the safety of the Scouts.

When the Scouts received the offer to participate in the Central Bank’s “One Cent Coin Drive,” they happily accepted to participate and hope that many, if not all of the groups be actively engaged in this mission. Correspondence reaching the national office stated that over the years the bank had been buying and issuing one cents and the volume in circulation remained exceptionally high. This caused the bank to be constantly replenishing the coins, and at a high cost when compared with its face value.

The Central Bank has therefore embarked on a “One Cent Coin Drive” to redeem one cent pieces and to contribute the value of these coins to the Barbados Alzheimer’s Association. The information further stated that they have partnered with the Rotary Club of Barbados West, who along with the other Rotary Clubs, have placed receptacles at strategic locations around the island. All proceeds from this activity will go towards the establishment of a Day Care Centre with staff specifically trained in the care of patients with Alzheimer’s disease.

The Drive carries the theme “Making Sense of Cents”, and was officially launched on July 26, 2012, at the Central Bank of Barbados. “National Collection Day” will be held on September 21, which is also “World Alzheimer’s Day”. Scouts are asked to be a part in this giving process as the project is seeking to amass a collection of five million cents by December 31, 2012.

Consultation on Barbadian Society

The Chief Commissioner led a delegation from the Barbados Boy Scouts Association comprising, Lloyd Austin, an Executive member, Floyd Carter, a District Commissioner, and Bradston Clarke, a Scout Leader to the recently concluded National Consultation on “Barbadian Society: Shaping a Brighter Tomorrow” which was sponsored by the Division of Family and Youth at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre.

This gathering engaged the many stakeholders to seek ways to address some of the issues with which the society was confronted. Topics which were considered were “Changing norms and Values”, “Society and Religion”, “the Law and Society”, “Responding to the needs of the Vulnerable groups”, “Environmental Sustainability”, along with “Socio-economic empowerment and the citizen”.

The members of the Scouting delegation were able to share in discussion and offer recommendations in the many workshops which were scheduled throughout the two days of the consultation.

World Scouting salutes Neil Armstrong

After hearing of the passing of Neil Armstrong, the World Scout Bureau paid tribute to the famous, yet humble Scout. The below extract is the World of Scouting tribute and of which the Barbados Boy Scouts Association shares.

“World Scouting has been greatly saddened to learn of the passing away of Neil Armstrong, considered to be one of the United States’ most famous Eagle Scouts. Armstrong will always be remembered for his role as Crew Commander of the successful Apollo 11 moon landing mission of 1969 and the first man to stand on the surface of the moon.

Amongst the treasured items that Neil Armstrong carried with him to the moon and back was a World Scout Badge. The citation, printed on NASA letterhead paper and personally signed, reads: “I certify that this World Scout Badge was carried to the moon on man’s first lunar landing, Apollo XI, July 20, 1969.”

Paying tribute to one of his heroes, Luc Panissod, Secretary General, said: “I pass this unique memento on my way into my office each day. It reminds me how real achievement is very often the result of a truly great team effort. As one might expect of an Eagle Scout, Neil Armstrong was always modest about his personal leadership role on that famous mission and the first to acknowledge the scores of people who contributed in so many ways to making it happen. He will always be an inspiration to us and future generations of Scouts worldwide.”

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