An exciting event occurred in the life of the Barbados Boy Scouts Association on Sunday March 10, 2013. It was the celebration of their 101st anniversary of Scouting and what was deemed as the end of the Centenary celebrations.
Hundreds of Scouts, parents and specially invited guests joined the Chief Scout, Governor General Sir Elliott Belgrave and Lady Belgrave, Chief Justice of Barbados and Queen Scout (1976) Sir Marston Gibson and Dr. Nigel Taylor, the Chief Commissioner of the Barbados Boy Scouts Association in this time of celebration at the Garfield Sobers Sports Complex.
Against the back drop of a beautiful sky, the Scouts, Leaders and adult supporters marched from the Carters complex to the Gymnasium to joyfully do their duty to God as good Scouts normally do. Giving God thanks for another year, the attending audience saw the Chief Scout, the Chief Commissioner and the three District Commissioners light candles and placed flowers in a memorial wreath as the Association remembered those of its uniformed and lay members who died during the 100 years of Scouting.
Featured speaker Sir Marston Gibson gave an excellent presentation as he outlined in detailed form the benefits that can be derived and which he received as a member of the St. Matthias Scout Group.
He mentioned the fact that the Promise which is re-affirmed often in Scouting and which begins with the words “On my Honour” is especially important as it speaks of the trustworthiness and integrity of the person repeating the promise where his word is his bond and is spoken in truth, in as much the same way as is done in the law courts with the words which end the oath “so help me God”.
This Founder’s Day also saw Dequane Nedd being presented with the Barbados Venture Gold Award, the second highest award a Venture Scout can earn in the Venture Scout Section. Nedd is the first person to receive this award which is a uniquely Barbadian Award requiring completion of 14 requirements in the area of Barbadian Heritage, and the first steps into the next and highest award in this Section-The Queen Scout Award.
PricewaterhouseCoopers has engaged the Scouting Association to be the best that it can be. Annually it has committed itself to present a challenge trophy and a cash award to the outstanding Scout of the Year and a challenge Trophy to the Outstanding Troop of the Year.
The year 2012 saw Rondell Trim of the Bay Scout Group receiving his award as the outstanding Scout, while the First Barbados Sea Scout Troop was success in their pursuit in being named Scout Troop of the Year.
After a wonderful service with the Scouts, the Chief Justice Sir Marston Gibson proudly took the salute from the many Scouts and even parents who paid him the compliments as they marched pass either to the sounds of the bands on Parade or as in the case of the parents to singing of the Scout song: “Everywhere we go, people want to know, who we are, so we tell them, we are the parents of the Beaver Scouts and the Cub Scout sand the Boy Scouts and the Sea Scouts ….”