In a letter dated March 29, 2018, Her Excellency, President Paula-Mae Weekes has accepted the role of Chief Scout.
Responding to National Scout Commissioner, Roger Berkeley, Weekes stated, “The Office of the President remains ready and willing to continue standing with you as you nurture our young men and women into citizens of strong moral character with a commitment to the service of Trinidad and Tobago. The work of the Scout movement over the years is deserving of the highest commendation. I would consider it a privilege and honour to become the first female Chief Scout.”
At the closing ceremony of the first international Scout Jamboree in Olympia, London in 1920, B-P was unanimously acclaimed as Chief Scout of the World, a title he held until his death in 1941.
In Trinidad and Tobago, the role is a nominal and titular Head of the Association offered to the Head of State. The Chief Scout’s functions are:
- to foster and encourage the Scout Movement in Trinidad and Tobago
- to seek to gain and to maintain the highest standards of effective Scouting
- to sign Warrants of Appointment of all Commissioners
- to confer National Scout Awards and Decorations as per the Policy, Organisation and Rules
- to be the Chairman of the Council
Sir Ellis Clarke served as Chief Scout in his capacity as Governor General between 1972 and 1976, when he became the first President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.
Her Excellency, President Paula-Mae Weekes becomes the sixth President to serve as Chief Scout of the Scout Association of Trinidad and Tobago following the five previous Heads of State:
- Sir Ellis Clarke
- Noor Hassanali
- Arthur Napoleon Raymond Robinson
- George Maxwell Richards
- Anthony Thomas Aquinas Carmona
We look forward to the support of Her Excellency, President Paula-Mae Weekes in her new role.