Bermuda Scout Association

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Bermuda Scout Association
Bermuda Scout Association.svg
Location P.O. Box DV 193, Devonshire DVBX
Country Bermuda
Founded 1912
Founder The Scout Association of the United Kingdom
Membership 98
Chief Scout

H E John Rankin

Governor of Bermuda
Chief Commissioner Geoffrey Rothwell
Website
www.scouts.bm
 Scouting portal

The Scout Association of Bermuda (formally The Scout Association Bermuda Branch) is a branch of The Scout Association of the United Kingdom as Bermuda is a British Overseas Territory.[1]

The Bermudian Scout Oath and Law, as well as other Scouting requirements, closely follow that of the United Kingdom. Program activities are taken from the British system but adapted to the local conditions. Leader training including for the Wood Badge is conducted with the help of British and other nearby Scout organizations. Bermuda Scouts participate in camps and events and a contingent has been fielded to World Scout Jamborees. The Bermuda Scout emblem incorporates elements of the coat of arms of Bermuda.

The Scout Association of Bermuda is governed by a Chief Scout and a Chief Commissioner appointed by The Scout Association and an executive committee. In March 2017, John Rankin, Governor of Bermuda was appointed Chief Scout. In March 2012, Dr. Geoffrey Rothwell was named Chief Commissioner.

Programmes and activities[edit]

Cub Scout, Scout and Explorer Scout programmes are offered. Bermuda Scouts in recent years have attended Scout summer camps in the United Kingdom as well as Pennsylvania and North Carolina in the United States. Visiting troops from the Boy Scouts of America and Scouts Canada have also been hosted at the association's Admiral House facility and other campsites around Bermuda.

A association-wide annual event is a weekend camporee on Darrell's Island. Another event is the "Budding Chef" activity, when Scouts compete in cooking skills.[2]

Another island-wide annual event is the observance of Saint George's Day in April, honoring the patron saint of the Scouting movement.[3] As in the United Kingdom, troops participate in a parade. In Bermuda this is on Front Street in Hamilton on the nearest Sunday to April 23 and attend a Scout service at one of Bermuda's churches, where a message from the Chief Scout is read and the Scout Hymn is sung. A "renewal of promise" then takes place where the Scouts renew the Scout's Promise made at joining and at all Scout meetings. The service concludes with the singing of God Save the Queen.[4]

History[edit]

Following the formation of The Boy Scouts Association in United Kingdom in 1910 and the grant of a royal charter of incorporation in 1912, Scouting began in Bermuda. The Governor of Bermuda became The Boy Scouts Association's Chief Scout of Bermuda.

The Boy Scouts Association's founder and Chief Scout, Robert Baden-Powell and his wife, Olave Baden-Powell, a Girl Guide leader, visited Bermuda in 1930. Olave visited again in 1951 and 1954.

The British contingent to the 14th World Scout Jamboree in 1975, led by Robert Baden-Powell, 3rd Baron Baden-Powell, included Scouts from Branches in Bermuda, Hong Kong and Rhodesia.

In 1993, the instrumental role of the Scout Association of Bermuda and Girlguiding Bermuda in developing many of the islands prominent leaders was recognised by the Bank of Bermuda Centennial Trust.[5]

In 2004, Bermuda's Scouts participated in a 12-mile (19 km) walk to raise money for the victims of Hurricane Ivan in the Caribbean.[6] The Category 5 storm caused extensive in Grenada, Jamaica, Grand Cayman, and Cuba.

In 2006, five Bermuda Scouts travelled to Romania to work on a housing project for the impoverished people there, as part of a Bermuda Overseas Missions and Habitat for Humanity International joint effort.[7]

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of Scouting, the Bermuda Post Office issued a series of six "Scouting 2007 commemorative stamps", including scenes of Baden-Powell's visit to Bermuda in February, 1930. The stamps show Scouting's founder inspecting Wolf Cubs on Front Street in Hamilton and reviewing Boy Scouts on parade there.[8]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Overseas branches of The Scout Association". The Scout Association. Retrieved 5 June 2017. 
  2. ^ Leonard Simons (2003-12-04). "Budding chefs put their best to the test". The Royal Gazette. Retrieved 2008-09-26. 
  3. ^ Sam Strangeways (2008-04-21). "Scouts gather for annual parade". The Royal Gazette. Retrieved 2008-09-26. 
  4. ^ St. George's Day Programme—Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity, Bermuda Scout Association, 25 April 2004.
  5. ^ "Scouts and guides receive $100,000 gift". The Royal Gazette. 16 August 1993. Retrieved 2009-11-17. 
  6. ^ "Scouts pound pavement for Ivan relief". The Royal Gazette. 2004-09-20. Retrieved 2008-09-26. 
  7. ^ Heather Wood (2006-07-14). "Budding chef Adio heads for Romania on building mission". The Royal Gazette. Retrieved 2008-09-26. 
  8. ^ Trott, Tari (27 August 2007). "New stamp issue commemorates Scouting". The Royal Gazette. Retrieved 2010-02-18. 

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