For the period between September and December 31, the national Scout Association is inundated with work. From National Executive Committee meetings, Founder’s Day preparation, Mahogany Award deadlines, reviews and interviews, it would appear as though every week should have at least nine days, until January 1.
This is the beginning of September and that is an important time for all of our Scouting friends. It means that in a matter of days the Scout Groups will be in full flight as they execute their programmes for the coming year.
On my Honour will highlight just a few of the activities which have been tabled for execution during the next months.
Scout Leaders Roundtable 2013
Only a few hours ago the National Scout Committee met with the Scout Leaders within the association at St. Stephen’s Primary School to discuss areas of concern within their Section.
Topics for discussion ranged from the International Coastal Clean-up 2013, the Headquarters Cleanup and the Sea Scout Programme. Not to be left out of the evening’s discussion would be the Activities Regulations which govern both the general activities and those which are water based.
Recognising that both national parades are around the corner, the idea of the readiness for parades was also on the agenda.
The First Barbados Sea Scout Group Council also had their elections on Saturday. Denise Sobers was elected as the President of this Council. Over the past three years this council has been energized with persons whose determination seem to be the projection of the best for Scouting and the desire to come to the aid of the sons and fellow Scouts within the Sea Scout Troop.
This Parent or Group Council has also been active at the national level. Some of them acted as uniformed ushers for the Founder’s Day Service 2013 which was held at the Gymnasium during the month of March. Among the many activities planned for the Scout Group are:
1. A Sailing Course for 10 weeks which will be held at the Yacht Club.
2. A community project with the Barbados Vagrants and Homeless Society.
3. The collection and distribution of food items.
4. Their second Annual Awards Ceremony.
These are but a few of the projected activities for this Hazelwood based Group.
National Scout Leaders Training
Training at the national level also takes centre focus during this period. Many new adults would have indicated an interest in joining the Association and be trained as Leaders in this great youth movement. To facilitate this expected influx of Leaders and certainly to prepare them to be uniformed Leaders by Founder’s Day 2014, preparatory courses are offered as soon as the Groups have convened their sessions.
The first such training for the new adults who desire to be Leaders will be held on October 5, 2013. Courses are subsequently held on announced Saturdays during the various months to further improve the knowledge base of these new Leaders. The venues will be announced.
If persons are interested in becoming Leaders the first thing to be done is to contact the Leader of the Group where you would like to serve and inform them. They will have to make representation to their seniors and the District Commissioner, after the necessary investigations and or interviews are made, will inform the applicant accordingly.
The Courses to be completed during the Scout Year will also includes First Aid, Substance Abuse and additional Scout Courses included the pinnacle” Wood badge Course.