ScoutsTT launched its Investment in Character Campaign on Wednesday June 14th at the National Scout Centre in St. Ann’s. The ongoing campaign invites organisations and volunteers to support and partner with Scouting by investing in the development of its young people, through investing in the delivery of Scout program.
Speaking at the launch, National Scout Commissioner, Roger Berkeley highlighted the fact that billions of dollars are spent on things like building prisons but lamented that not enough is invested in developing the character traits in young people that would help them make the right decision to stay away from the criminal elements.
ScoutsTT has redesigned its brand to make it more appealing and relevant, keenly focusing on its youth membership and their needs as young people. It is now calling on the Government, corporate Trinidad and Tobago, as well as the general public to find a way to get involved. Financial investment, though a critical need, is not the only way to invest in character. There are several other options including Program Support, Community Involvement, Adult Volunteer Support, Capital Development and Operational Support.
Guest speaker Gerry Brooks, Chairman of the NGC Group of Companies, congratulated ScoutsTT for taking the time to invest in its brand to better represent the young people that make up its membership.
Acknowledging the financial difficulties of the time and our declined GDP, Brooks asked corporate T&T to take a look at their budgets and, even if by means of reallocation, to dedicate a portion of their budget to supporting the movement that taught him good values, a foundation of integrity and made a substantial difference in his life.
“In Trinidad and Tobago today, the problem is not only economic,” added Brooks, “it’s not only infrastructural, it’s a problem fundamentally around human character and development and that’s why this movement and this initiative is so important.”
The Scout Association of Trinidad and Tobago (ScoutsTT) has shaped the lives of generations of citizens of Trinidad and Tobago since 1912. Long declared as “the Proven Alternative” for youth to the many negative influences they face, Scouting has withstood the test of time and has kept its commitment to families to give parents and children time together, to help children discover new skills and interests and to prepare every Scout for life.
With your support, ScoutsTT can bring the nation’s highest quality scouting programs to many more youth in our communities, at a time when they are so sorely needed. Your investment in Scouting is an investment in character building, it is an investment in Trinidad and Tobago.