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