Although the rain did its best to interfere with Governor Stuart Jack being installed as the Chief Scout of the Cayman Islands Saturday afternoon, the proceedings went ahead nonetheless.
The ceremony, due to be held outside on the lawn at 4pm had to be brought inside Government house following heavy rain showers.
It was a tight squeeze for the many scouting officials, scouts and girl guides and their parents along with special guests and government officials, but the ceremony went ahead indoors in the conservatory while the rain began to spill down outside once more.
BP Fellow Antonio Hawkins, who is also the Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Scouting Association, spoke about the importance of scouting, noting that next year celebrates 100 years of the scouting world, with the world Jamboree taking place in the United Kingdom during the school holidays.
Minister for Youth Alden McLaughlin pledged his ministry’s support to assisting the organisation to attend the world jamboree next year.
He said it was an honour to be present at the investiture of the Governor as Chief Scout.
Not only, he said, was he present on behalf of the Ministry of Youth, but also in his ex-capacity as a former Scout and Scout leader.
In 1967 Mr. McLaughlin joined the cub scouts and he was amazed to see some of the same women leaders from back then at Government house in their uniforms still shaping the lives of young people.
‘It’s amazing what this movement does for young lives,’ he said, noting that it helps build discipline, character and it gives and builds brotherhood and sisterhood that never dies.
His message to the youngsters there on Saturday was to stick with Scouting and Girl Guides. ‘It will make you a better person and help you through life,’ he said.
Having been sworn in as Chief Scout, Governor Jack addressed all the young Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Brownies and Girl Guides. He said he was very honoured to have taken on the role of Chief Scout, as the organisation is such a good thing for young people.
‘I was a Cub Scout a lot earlier than the Minister for Education,’ he smiled.
He reminisced on some of his times as a young Scout and talked about his son becoming a Cub Scout and how he and his son had great fun together at the annual camps.
He urged the young people to try to enjoy their activities as scouts and to follow their leaders and try to live up to the scout law and promise.
Recipients of warrants Saturday were: Floyd Shaw, Assistant Scout Leader, George Town; Edison Jackson, Assistant Scout Leader George Town; Jayse Wilson, Scout Leader, West Bay; Fritz McPherson, Assistant Scout Leader, George Town; Fitzroy Ramsay, Assistant Scout Leader, George Town; Julie Brown, Cub Scout Leader; Vanda Powery, Beaver Scout Leader; Bridgette Morrison, Beaver Scout Leader.
A special message from the UK Scouts Association to the Governor was read by Mrs. Vernecia Watler and a message from Dr. Edward Lee, International Commissioner Scout Association of Jamaica was read by Mrs. Elizabeth Scholefield, Assistant Chief Commissioner – Training.
Executive Commissioner Winston Hayle thanked all those present for making the event such a special occasion.
Other special guests at the event included Permanent Secretary with the Ministry of Youth Angela Martins, Chief Secretary George McCarthy and Miss Cayman Ambuyah Ebanks.
Following the formalities everyone was treated to refreshments and got the chance to intermingle and congratulate Mr. Jack on his new post.