By: Elliot Haynes
This year’s edition of ScoutsTT’s National Youth Forum saw a greater turnout than its first. The theme of the forum was “Dream…Believe…Act”, mirroring this year’s World Youth Forum. The purpose of the forum was for ScoutsTT to explain its objectives and plans and to get feedback and input from the youth members on how we execute them.
Over the course of the weekend, we took part in discussions and brainstorming sessions on the following topics: the World Organisation of the Scout Movement’s (WOSM) Strategies; our National Strategic Plan; Strengthening Scouting’s Profile; Youth in Action; Better World Framework; Forming the Youth Network; and International Scouting.
But the forum was not only a weekend of talk, there were many fun moments. The icebreaker on the first night set the tone for the weekend. Each participant had to say their name with a gesture to accompany it. Then there was the word of the weekend, “shook”, which we found several ways to say including “hashtag shook” and “thou hath been shooketh.”
On Saturday night, we cast our votes for the members of the National Youth Network and were given the results the following morning. They are as follows:
- Program Innovation – Josiah Clarke, Jeremy Macintyre
- Leadership Excellence – Siddeeq Shakoor, Kyle Doman, Mohini Seejattan
- Youth Advocacy – Weena Rajkumar, Rueben Cruickshank, Farah Khan
- Communication/ Strategic relations – Elliot Haynes, Jaden Findlay
On the closing day, we had a meeting with members of the National Executive where we shared some of the ideas that we discussed over the weekend.
The overall experience was a highly enjoyable one, from being able to meet new people from different parts of the country to voicing the wants and needs of the youth.
I approve of this event and recommend that those who missed out this year make every attempt to make it next year. Stay shook and stay woke Scouting masses!