‘Cubbing – A universe of fun!’ could be heard ringing through the corridors and on the field of the Ocho Rios High School. More than 800 cub scouts and their leaders were in Jamaica for the hosting of the 15th triennial Caribbean Cuboree. This is the first time since 1991, that Jamaica has been hosting this event.
At the opening ceremony on Tuesday, July 30th, many government officials including the Governor General made positive and empowering speeches. The official welcome was given by the St. Ann’s Custos Rotulorum, Hon. Norma Walters. She encouraged the attendees to enjoy the ‘Garden Parish’ of Jamaica. Following her speech was that of Mr. Alando Terrelonge, who represented the Minister of Education in his absence. Mr. Terrelonge was beaming with pride as he reminisced on his days as a scout. He was beyond happy to see that so many young men who soaring beyond society’s stigma. The Minister of State also reminded them of the importance of education, their mental health and their rights as a child, Mrs Zaida Joaquin, Chairperson of the Caribbean Scout Secretariat and Mrs. Marjorie Leyden Vernon of the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission also brought greetings.
The keynote address and declaration was given by the Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen, Governor General and Chief Scout of Jamaica. Before beginning his address, the Governor General commended the organizers and scout leaders who are grooming the youth to be their best selves. He challenged the cubs to hold steadfast to the skills and values they are being taught as they become better citizens and nation builders.
Authentic Jamaican Experience
The cub scouts and their leaders were hosted in authentic St. Ann style. Not only were they exposed to Jamaican cuisine but they also experienced the beautiful attractions St. Ann. has to offer. Dunn’s River Falls, Dolphin Cove, Mystic Mountains and Turtle River Park were some of the attractions they visited.
Being a scout has many advantages. The youth are exposed to different challenging situations and are taught how to manuver them. They are given the opportunity to reconnect with nature, build social skills and develop team work. Also they are given the chance to explore careers and develop life-long skills:
The week long activities of the Cuboree has left the boys feeling empowered and has deepened their love for scouting. Not only did Cuboree exposed the attendees from over 6 Caribbean regions to Jamaican culture, it also boosted the tourism sector as many scouts promised they would return to experience oher parts of the island. Even non-scouts were motivated to explore the world of scouting: