January 4th, 2017 marked the 105th anniversary for ScoutsTT, the largest youth organisation in Trinidad and Tobago, which was incorporated under the Royal Charter granted by the British Crown on the same day in 1912.
Scouting was founded by Lord Baden Powell with the overarching goal of developing the character of young people. It reached our shores in 1912 with the first scout troop being formed at Queen's Royal College.
During the past 105 years, ScoutsTT has built a tradition of producing productive citizens by teaching the values of integrity, fitness, personal responsibility, self-reliance and duty. They continue to create leaders of tomorrow through a non-formal, values-based program that offers young people from 7 to 19 years old, fun and challenging activities, unique experiences, everyday adventure and the chance to help others so that they can make a positive impact in communities.
“The message that Scouting conveys has been consistent and steadfast throughout the years. There is no ambiguity or confusion about the qualities, values and ideals that Scouting stands for and imparts into the youth of our communities. These values and ideals are resistant to the fickle winds of politics, fads and trendy notions that are constantly directed at our youth from a variety of sources.” said Roger Berkeley, National Scout Commissioner.
Our movement will continue to advance the cause of peace and, through its programs, seek to create citizens of character. As we celebrate this milestone we commend the values of scouting to our fellow citizens, the business community and Government. This country's youth is in dire need of programs such as those which are offered by ScoutsTT. Boys and girls, many of whom will be the parents of tomorrow, will be men and women of honor, dignity, respect, integrity, leadership, moral strength and be committed to the service of their community and country.