The Scouts Association of The Bahamas (GB District) is preparing to celebrate its 104th Anniversary, during a Thanksgiving Service at Central Zion Baptist Church, Eight Mile Rock beginning promptly at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 9, 2017.
District Commissioner of Scouts Reginald Dean noted that the Cub and Boy Scouts would undertake a slate of activities ahead of the service, which will highlight the outstanding contributions the association has made throughout its 104-year history.
Positively impacting the lives of boys between the ages of six-to-16 years old by grooming each one to become productive, responsible leaders of tomorrow, District Commissioner Dean revealed the Scouts Association of The Bahamas has chosen the theme, “Be Prepared for Beneficial Purpose, ” for its celebrations.
“Of course, the Scouts Association of The Bahamas (GB District) is excited to celebrate the 104th Anniversary of scouting in the country and have chosen to host a Thanksgiving Service at Central Zion Baptist Church, Eight Mile Rock that will kick-off with a Scouts March from the Church of God, Hanna Hill beginning at 3:30 p.m.
“The Scouts Association of The Bahamas Chief Commissioner Bryan Christie, Assistant Chief Commissioner and Officer-in-Charge of Training Groups Joseph Pickering, will travel to Grand Bahama to participate in the scheduled service and activities in the days leading to the Thanksgiving Service celebrations.
“Several boys will be vested into the Scouts Association of The Bahamas, during the church service as well as three Cub Scouts will be officially linked to the Boy Scouts and award presentations would also be executed.
"Additionally, Scouts’ Leaders will also express their appreciation to individuals as well as organizations that have constantly and consistently supported the Scouts Association of The Bahamas (GB District) over the years, especially as it relates to providing assistance with our annual donation to the Homes for the Aged throughout the Grand Bahama community,” District Commissioner Dean said.
The Scouts Association of The Bahamas (GB District) has repeatedly received praise from members of the wider community for it efforts in assisting the disenfranchised, particularly in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, which ravaged homes and businesses last year.
District Commissioner Dean continues to step up to the plate to lend a helping hand, operating outside of the scope of the Scouts Association along with other leaders to set an example that boys and young men can proudly emulate.
Cognizant of the fact that he has been blessed to be a blessing to others, District Commissioner Dean noted that many of the social ills that occur throughout The Bahamas could be rectified if parents, specifically, fathers would take on their responsibility and provide the right guidance for their children who are looking up to them.
“On a daily basis I am contacted by families and individuals throughout the Grand Bahama community, who are hurting and in need of support. And while I am not rich and neither am I able to give them all of what they desire, I do my best to help.
“Whether it is helping a young man or woman get a job through utilizing my network of contacts, spending time with elderly individuals who have paved the way for us all to enjoy the liberties we do today, but have somehow been forgotten, exercising my skills as a locksmith and mortician to help persons in need of either service, giving a few dollars to those who do not know where their next meal is coming from or how they are going to pay a bill as well as mentoring young boys by guiding them along the right path; I believe it is my duty and I give my best effort.
“Honestly, I am convinced that somewhere along the line we have forgotten the teachings of our patriarchs and matriarchs, who realized that no matter what, it takes a village to raise a child and parents ought to be the right influence to effect positive change within our society.
“We are losing too many young men on our streets due to a simple lack of love and understanding; our young girls are also falling by the wayside to a degree because we have strayed away from the proven principles persons of my generation have grown up with.
“All our children are looking for guidance and we have to do our part, seriously take on our role and leaders of other organizations who are trying to do what is right need the support of the entire community, as a matter of fact we all need to network and help each other, step up the regular scope of operations and extend ourselves accordingly.
“Parents need to be present, particularly fathers and we have to put Christ first in all we do and remember to do right by those who have paved the way. yes these vexing situations we are now faced with and challenged by as a nation can be turned around but it begins with us, you and me,” declared District Commissioner Dean.
The Scouts Association of The Bahamas (GB District) looks forward to an exciting week of community service, thanksgiving and celebration, hence The Scouts Association of The Bahamas (GB District) District Commissioner Dean encourages the public’s support and noted that Scout Leaders as well as Cub and Boy Scouts will be traveling throughout the community visiting with folks and distributing items to those still reeling from the devastating impact of Hurricane Matthew thanks to donations made to the organization by International Scouts Association Personnel abroad.
Published Wednesday, April 5, 2017