Uniformed and Lay Members from the Barbados Boy Scouts Association gathered at the Headquarters on Saturday January 14 to launch the Centenary of Scouting in Barbados.
This launch was done by the Chief Commissioner, Dr. Nigel Taylor, and the President of the Association, Sir Harcourt Lewis. The President briefly traced the history of Scouting in Barbados in those early days and stated that the records show that it was not all smooth sailing at the beginning.
The Barbados Boy Scouts Association Centenary Badge Promotional City March
The promotional March through Bridgetown heralded to the country and city that a new day had dawned, that is, the Centenary of Scouting had arrived.
The March started in Pelican and ended in Queen’s Park. Chief Commissioner Dr. Nigel Taylor took the salute with former Chief Commissioner Basil Forbes in the area of the Cenotaph.
At Queen’s Park Chief Commissioner Taylor addressed the entire group and encouraged the parents to be very involved in the Scouting life of their children.
Hikes were a part of the programme for the year 2012
It was very important for the Scouts to be engaged in their tracking and trailing programme so hikes were planned to assist in the preparation for their various awards and in their survival training. The rugged terrain posed no threat for hikers, some of whom were young and would have been experiencing this activity for the first time.
Centenary Scout Camp
The national Association conducted Centenary Camps in all of the Sections. The Cub Scouts were engaged in their camp at the Lester Vaughan Secondary school while the Scouts had theirs at the headquarters of the national association. The Beavers Scouts spent their Centenary Camp in St. Vincent.