1st Goodwood Scout Group started off as a Venture Scout Unit in 2009 and is now one of the most active and exciting Scout groups in Tobago.
Young, vibrant GSL Patrick Welch, a pilot by profession, changed the group to Air Scouts in 2013 and introduced aviation activities such as model building, plane spotting and aviation simulation to the programme. All with the objective of training scouts towards obtaining their private pilot licenses.
The group also does archery, hiking, swimming and scuba diving and are involved in many community service projects such as visiting homes for the elderly and even an annual beach cleanup.
Four members of 1st Goodwood Scout Group participated in The Rotary Club of Central Port of Spain’s 19th annual Model United Nations (MUN) in March 2016.
Venture Scout leader Patricia Goddard led Arthur Goddard and Celine Mohammed who represented Egypt and GSL Patrick Welch led KJ Hamilton and Tiffany Augustine who represented Angola.
As a seasoned veteran of MUN since 2008, Welch also served as this year’s Tobago coordinator, tasked with organising training for the students and coordinating with The Division of Education, Youth Affairs and Sport and other Tobago partners.
In January of this year, 1st Goodwood Scout Group members Acquille Simmons, Anastacia Wilson and Arthur Goddard participated in the American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) – National Youth Productivity Forum 2016.
This year’s theme was ‘Diversity… Inclusion… towards a more productive Trinidad and Tobago’. Representing the perspective of Labour, the scouts researched and presented their position paper and debated against the other perspective arguments in the discussion round.
With plans to expand and add Cub Scouts, 1st Goodwood is gearing towards being the leading Scout Group in the sister isle under the stewardship of its forward-thinking leader, Patrick Welch.