The Scouts Association of The Bahamas (GB District) District Commissioner of Scouts Reginald Dean expressed his pride with the 104th Anniversary Thanksgiving Service at Central Zion Baptist Church, Eight Mile Rock this past Sunday, April 9, 2017.
On-hand for the service were Scouts Association of The Bahamas Chief Commissioner, Bryan Christie and Assistant Chief Commissioner and Officer-in-Charge of Training Groups, Joseph Pickering, who agreed that District Commissioner Dean is living up to the organization’s theme, “Be Prepared for Beneficial Purpose.”
According to Chief Commissioner Christie, “We were elated to confer on District Commissioner Dean a Medal of Merit for the tremendous work he is doing toward the development of Scouts on Grand Bahama Island.
“The Medal of Merit will become an official part of his uniform to be worn at all times. Certainly District Commissioner Dean is one in a million, when it comes to dedication and commitment and the executives of the Scouts Association of The Bahamas send our heartfelt gratitude to him by bestowing this honor.
“Scouting on Grand Bahama is definitely growing and we give thanks specifically to District Commissioner Dean for his role in ensuring the growth and development of the organization continues to improve.
“Personally, I am impressed with his efforts and that of the Scout leaders here, as during my last visit, which occurred at the opening of the 26th Grand Bahama Group based at Central Zion Baptist Church, Eight Mile Rock I saw the potential for further growth and at the 104th Anniversary and Thanksgiving Service over 20 boys were vested into the Scouts Association of The Bahamas.
“The Scout leaders are certainly doing what they ought to with the support of the wider community and a number of individuals were bestowed with accolades of appreciation inclusive of the Freeport News, which understands the importance of highlighting leaders and young people who are all striving to make our communities a better place through discipline, dedication, and hard work that builds character.”
Chief Commissioner Christie and Assistant Chief Commissioner and Officer-in-Charge of Training Groups Pickering hold fast to the believe that if the organization saves one young man’s life thanks to the commitment of Scout leaders then they would be doing their job.
According to Chief Commissioner Christie the Scouts Association of The Bahamas is indeed a disciplinary program, but it also provides skill and survival training that not only builds character, but shapes careers too.
“The Cub and Boy Scouts learn various skills and have to earn badges and thanks to the time invested in them by Scout leaders of the ilk of District Commissioner Dean and his team, they help to positively impact lives for the better.
“As a matter of fact, presently in Nassau, New Providence there is a young business owner who was a member of the Scouts Association of The Bahamas that has a successful photography company and he proudly states that he fell in love with photography after working hard to earn his badge in wildlife photos for the organization.
“He is thriving; also my daughter is a Royal Bahamas Defence Force Marine, who was a proud member of the Girls Scouts and wanted to serve her country after earning her badge in canoeing.
“Scouting provides careers as well as character building and certainly at this point and time in which we are living that is exact what the country needs.
“The very boy or girl vested in Scouts that we are able to save from the social ills may be the one young man who does not put a gun in your face in an effort to rob or murder you; so what we do is very important and we need to support of the entire community,” said Chief Commissioner Christie.
Of course while Assistant Chief Commissioner and Officer-in-Charge of Training Groups Pickering and Chief Commission Christie are proud of the strides being made by District Commissioner Dean and his team, the training officer noted, “We need parents to be more involved in the program and provide the support necessary so that these young men are groomed into fine, well-round, disciplined young men who positively contribute to the growth and development of this nation.”
Assistant Chief Commissioner and Officer-in-Charge of Training Groups Pickering has been a part of the Scouts Association of The Bahamas since the age of 11 years old and prides himself on living out and passing on the training he has received, which puts into proper perspective the theme used this year, “Be Prepared for Beneficial Purpose.”
All the Scouts Association of The Bahamas top executives praised the men and women who volunteer their time, expertise and talent to the organization and issued a clarion call for more parental support so that the association can continue to growth and thrive arriving at its peak potential.
District Commissioner Dean thanked each one for their support and Central Zion Baptist Church senior pastor Rev. Elvis Burrows for delivering a soul-stirring and eye-opening message by utilizing the Scouts theme, “Be Prepared for Beneficial Purpose,” he notes that he will continue to help the youth of the community and do his best along with the support of Scout leaders and executive board members to be a man that those in the community can emulate.
He thanked once again all those who have and continues to support the efforts of the Scouts Association of The Bahamas (GB District) as he too strives to “be prepared for beneficial purpose.”
Published Wednesday, April 12, 2017