UWI Rover Scout Crew Hike - August 2019
As the newly positioned District Youth Commissioner of St. Joseph / Tunapuna (located in Trinidad), this was my first interaction with the University-based scout group in my district. I was invited to join the Univeristy of the West Indies (St. Augustine) Rover Scout Crew, the UWIRSC, on their overnight hike between Blachissesuse and Paria Bay.
We began the trail from Saturday 3rd August 2019 at 9:30am at the Blachissesuse Spring Bridge and returned there on Sunday 4th August 2019 at 1pm. Saturday consisted of hiking for three and a half (3 1/2) hours stopping at Turles Rock and Paria Waterfall. Also it included setting up the campsite, cooking dinner (mash potato, beans and sausage) and campfire. Sunday consisted of breakfast (hotdogs and tea), campbreak and hiking of 3 hours to the point where we began.
Spirit of Scouting
Scout Spirit was displayed throughout the camp and even passed on to the newer members of the crew. There were times on the hike where the crew engaged in scout songs, such as "Everywhere we go", which gave life and enjoyment when needed to give encouragement to keep moving forward. Campfire was an excellent display of scouting where Rovers where taught scouting traditions, songs and skits keeping the warmth and love of our fellow brothers and sisters in scouting present. Also the lesson of leaving the place better than you found it, was entrusted to the crew, which ensures that we as scouts do our part in creating a better World.
Leadership & Problem Solving
On the two-day experience, I was able to witness the leadership and quick problem solving skills of this group. There was the moment where a venomous snake was encountered in the pathway, which caused a great amount of caution. Despite the challenge of the Mapepire snake, it was met with calm but precise instructions in how we were to proceed forward in continuing on our journey. Upon diverting ourselves subtly and briefly, it also became a lesson in the "Do's and Don'ts" of an unfortunate snake bite.
So all in all, the Rover crew of UWI, St. Augustine, Trinidad is one of leadership, team work and good scouting values and traditions being shared amongst all its members, both male and female. As the District Youth Commissioner, I have hope that this crew will continue to do good work within the University and I look forward to engaging and working with them again.
District Youth Commissioner
St. Joseph / Tunapuna