The Cub scouts movement gives boys skills for life; but what is needed now is for more men to join up and help to mentor and mould them into young men.
This was the assessment of MP for St. James North, Edmund Hinkson who underscored the importance of scouting to young boys as the Gordon Greenidge Cub Scouts pack today celebrated its second annual day at the institution.
“It is great to see young boys participating in something that is wholesome. I was a scout at secondary school, because at the time there was no scout movement in the primary schools and this provides the boys with a unique opportunity to work as a team and to get skills and knowledge not found in the classroom,” he said.
“I believe extracurricular activities should be encouraged and all students should be involved in something outside the classroom. This contributes to being a law abiding citizens,” he told the school after a march pass by the scouts along the Ronald Mapp Highway to the school.
“I see a couple female leaders, but we need more men to train our young men and I know this is a problem in Barbados. When I was head of the Lions Club, it seemed a lot of leaders were female and we would like men to be role models and mentors to our boys,” said the MP.
Northern District Assistant Commissioner, Davidson Williams said the skills learned would serve the boys well.
“I always tell people that if a disaster had to hit Barbados and I am not injured, I would survive, no matter what the disaster is because of my training in scouting. I believe that everyone should be given a chance to do that. That is the primary reason why I am in scouting. You learn and you don’t even know you are learning.”
He told the story of a troublesome boy who joined the scouts and years later he encountered the youth who told him of being able to save the life of someone who was drowning because of the skills he learnt as a cub.
The skills the boys learned in cub scouts, said Williams, would serve them well in emergency situation.
“Our training, the basic knots and robes, after any event they would need tents to house people and we are supposed to be proficient in the handling and pitching of tents,” he said.
During the course of the day the 36 cub scouts would engage in tent pitching, gardening and acting as butlers and servers for the teachers by treating them during lunch time. Williams said the gardening aspect was part of the conservation badge the scouts were earning, which was started last year when the troop began planting croton hedges around the playing field. (LB)