The values of Scouting guide my character and my actions
actions, making me into the person that I am today. I don’t take this blessing for granted but instead I choose to honour it and do what I think our founder, Baden Powell, would have wanted. Long ago, he taught us that “Its not what you have, but what you give that brings happiness.” And so, after being trained in leadership at the Interamerican Leadership Training, I felt it necessary that I do my part in spreading the blessing that is Scouting.
Having the opportunity to see Scouts from different countries and interact with people that welcome me into a family without even knowing me was priceless, but not only did I learn the value of brotherhood but I also learned the ways Scouting works in different parts of the world. I learned of Rover Scouting. The very name always intrigued me from the start and after I found out what it was, I knew that this is what I want to bring to my country. This was my way to spread Scouting.
I had a dream that I could create a section of Scouts that would be over eighteen years old and would take Scouts TT, our local National Scouting Organization to the next level. So I planned. And I planned some more. And after months of planning exactly what I wanted and thinking about how it was going to work, I gained up the courage to make an appointment with the national Scout office to talk about it.
After meeting with them, I received support and approval to begin my project. I took my idea to my University – the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus and gained approval to start my Rover Crew there. This was the start of the UWI Rover Scout Crew, my dream coming into reality.
Though I held this initial idea, I knew I was never alone. There were many more like me that wanted the opportunity to spread Scouting through Rovers. I sought out a few Scouts and non-Scouts, who shared this vision and so we formed our crew and before we knew it, over 300 people had already signed up for our crew! Of those 300 hardly were involved in Scouting before.
Now almost a year later, we’ve done many activities but most importantly we’ve built character as a Crew and are committed to making Trinidad and Tobago and the world a better place.
As the world celebrates 100 years of Rover Scouting in 2018, we the UWI Rover Scout crew celebrate our first year of Rover Scouting in Trinidad and Tobago as we prepare for our investiture ceremony to welcome our new Rover Scouts into the world family of Scouting. This is not the end of my dream, but merely the beginning. As a stone cast into a pond creates ripples, so too shall this crew be the start of a wave of change that will spread throughout my country and the world.