June – Leave No Trace
As our Founder famously stated, we should all try to leave this world a little better than we found it.
For the month of June, we have selected the theme of Conservation, with Conservation Awareness Week being an opportunity for young persons to learn about environmental conservation and get started on a couple of the YUNGA Challenges. Look out for some workbooks to help you complete these challenges.
We also shine the spotlight on our fathers and the role that they play, with activities for your groups, districts and Dads during the Fathers and Children Outdoor Challenge.
Towards the end of the month, we encourage you to go outdoors and do some work for Mother Nature as part of the Nature Service Weekend.
Finally, keep an eye out this month for the launch of our much anticipated National Camp.
We hope you are as excited about it as we are!
May – Science and Technology
May is our Science and Technology month.
The main event for this month will be our STEM Curiosity and Creativity Weekend, with educational live activities that you can participate in with your groups. Look out for details on how you can register to take part.
We will also recognise the contributions of our Scouting Moms this month with the Mother and Children Outdoor Challenge that will consist of fun activities to be done at the district level. Hope you have fun participating in all that we have planned for this month.
April – Service
Every April, ScoutsTT highlights the value of Service to our members.
Service to God as we feature two events on the calendar this month for our My Faith Series.
Service to others with our Service to mankind weekend and our annual Scouting for Food Drive. We recognise those that serve with our Volunteer recognition weekend. Earth Day observations will occur during this month and will form part of our #PlanetEarthPledge.
We continue to prepare our youth members for professional endeavours by hosting two workshops in commemoration of World Intellectual Property Day, one of which, will be part of the Virtual Campfire Series.
Finally, we have been working towards making our movement accessible to all members of our society and this month we will be hosting an Open Forum to gather views and opinions as we create our Diversity and Inclusion Policy.
March – Let’s Go Outdoors
March finds us at the point where we are starting to have face to face activities once more. We at ScoutsTT encourage you to get outdoors once again!
During this month, we feature the Planet Earth Pledge which you can make every time you take part in an outdoor activity. To support the Planet Earth Pledge, we will have two main events, the ScoutsTT Hike Nation to get us on the trails again and the Tour De ScoutsTT in collaboration with the Trinidad and Tobago Cycling Federation, to get us back on our bikes.
The My Faith Series spotlights Holi this month, with a special live event to add to the experience. Our Youth Leadership Training continues and will be targeted at our Scout Section as we prepare our youth members to take on the challenges that lie ahead.
Looking forward to seeing you outdoors and having fun!
February – Celebrating Scouting
February is always a significant month in the Scouting calendar as it is the month that we commemorate the birth of our Founder, Lord Robert Baden-Powell.
This year we ask you to join us as we celebrate scouting by taking part in our Scouting Spirit Social Media Campaign so that you and your friends can show your passion for scouting.
On the weekend before Founder’s Day, we will highlight our celebrations with another offering of our Virtual Founder’s Day Camp. We look forward to a sharing a weekend of fun and engaging activities with you. Over that weekend we will also distribute our youth awards and at the end of the month, there will be another episode of our Youth Evolution Series.
Our Management Team Retreat will allow our headquarters commissioners to do some planning and reflection and aspiring leaders will also get a chance to complete New Leader Certificate part 1 this month.
Cheers to Scouting and all that it does!
January – New Experiences, New Adventures
2022 marks 110 years of Scouting in Trinidad and Tobago. So for each month, we challenge you to highlight scouting across the country. #GoScouting
January ushers in a new year with renewed opportunities for self-improvement and growth! This month we encourage you to make the effort to experience something NEW!
- Our Virtual Campfire Series will be targeted at hearing the issues that you are passionate about to help you develop projects that you can work on during this year.
- We will also be trying to get back to the outdoors in limited ways with our Survival Camp to refresh our traditional scouting skills.
- For our Commissioners, we will have a short retreat and we will seek your feedback on how the work plan has been progressing.
- Finally, we will have some fun while building a little fitness in the first ever ScoutsTT Adventure Race. The pandemic still provides restrictions but look out for new fun and engaging activities each month.
About Our Programme
We remain guided by the key principles of scouting as prescribed by the World Organisation of the Scout Movement (WOSM) in the World Scout Youth Programme Policy:
- Have young people at its centre
- Be about education
- Develop active citizens
- Be locally adapted and globally united
- Be up-to-date and relevant
- Be open to all
- Be attractive, challenging, and meaningful for participants
These principles serve to inform the planning of all activities at the national level and no doubt filter down to your individual groups and patrols, but as we participate, we must remain aware of our purpose. As WOSM states:
The Youth Programme is the educational means used to achieve the purpose of Scouting, which is ‘to contribute to the development of young people in achieving their full physical, intellectual, emotional, social and spiritual potentials as individuals, as responsible citizens and as members of their local, national and international communities’. Therefore, the Youth Programme is the means through which Scouting contributes to the empowerment of autonomous individuals and the holistic development of active global citizens for the community.
This calendar of activities takes us to the end of our scouting year and has been designed to be flexible as we acknowledge that the pandemic is still very much underway and health restrictions may change throughout this period. Circumstances are understandably difficult and everyone’s safety is of utmost importance, we must also recognise the value that we as a movement have in engaging our youth members and providing them with positive, enjoyable experiences that will stay with them for the rest of their lives.
Now, more than ever, the youth of our country yearn for avenues to engage with the world and their peers, let us not disappoint them.
Yours in Scouting,
Deputy National Scout Commissioner – Programme