JIS News

The Scout Movement is taking centre stage this week, with the country celebrating National Scouts Week from February 20 to 27.
Joycelyn Malcolm, Field Commissioner of the Scouts Association of Jamaica told JIS News that the theme for this year is: ‘Rekindling the Scouting flame’, because over the years it has become increasingly challenging to find scout leaders, especially in high schools. “Most of the schools have cub scouts but we are having a real difficulty in the scouting section, because we cannot find sufficient leaders in many of the high schools to run these groups,” she said.
The age groups for scouts are, 7-10 years classified as cub scouts, the 10-15 age group classified as scouts, while the 15-18 age group are referred to as venture scouts.
The week of celebration this year has been chosen to commemorate the birthday of Founder, Sir Robert Powell, on February 22. Sir Robert founded the association in 1907.
A church service was held on Sunday (February 20) to begin the week and it will culminate with National Founder’s Service on February 27. The scouts will also be addressed on February 24 and 25 by Governor General His Excellency Sir Howard Cooke; Mayor of Kingston, Councillor Desmond McKenzie, and Custos of St. Andrew, Reverend Carmen Stewart.
Miss Malcolm has called on schools and churches to support the association during its week of celebration.
“We are encouraging schools and churches to participate, as it encourages discipline and self reliance as well as other very important values,” she urged.

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