National Scout Commissioner, Roger Berkeley, made his first official visit to Tobago from April 18th to 23rd, 2016 to get a first hand view of Scouting on our sister isle.
Accompanying him on this visit were: Deputy National Scout Commissioiner Training and Adult Resources, Vivian Kangalee; National Youth Commissioner, Allan Gittens.
On Tuesday April 19th, the NSC paid a courtesy call to Tobago House of Assembly Chief Secretary, Mr. Orville London, who showed a keen interest in Scouting in Tobago. He stated that they were willing to support the development of Scouting once it was a part of a long-term developmental plan with specific goals and objectives. The NSC advised that ScoutsTT’s Strategic Plan was recently approved and that he will soon be initiating a process for the development of a strategic plan for Scouting in Tobago.
Following this meeting, the NSC visited the THA Secretary of Education, Youth Affairs and Sport, Mr. Huey Cadette. Mr. Cadette, a former Scout himself, also reiterated the importance of Scouting on his personal development and suggested that the problem-solving and life skills learnt were still relevant today.
On his third visit of the day, the NSC then met with the Tobago Scout Council at its headquarters in Bacolet. At this meeting he listened to, and addressed the concerns of the council. He identified some of the structural changes being made and committed to the national office being more closely involved, with quarterly visits to support their progress.
On Thursday April 21st, the National Commissioner stopped by 1st Scarborough RC Cub Pack for their weekly meeting. There he got to see Akela, Mary Rogers, and her team of leaders in action with the largest cub pack in Tobago.
Mr. Berkeley spoke to the senior boys in the pack who were so excited about earning their silver arrow badges, that he promised them to return to personally present them once they did.
The final stop was at 1st Goodwood Scout Group on Saturday April 23rd, where GSL, Patrick Welch hosted the group’s weekly meeting, which included drill and archery. Plans for growing the group were discussed and the NSC encouraged Mr. Welch to keep up the good work.