Governor will be first female Chief Scout

Scouts Week begins Saturday

Governor Helen Kilpatrick will become the Cayman Islands’ first female Chief Scout in a celebration service to kick off Scouts Week on Sunday. 

The week of events and activities, under the theme “Equipping our Youths: Preparing for the Future,” commences Sunday with a Founder’s Day Service at the Elmslie United Church at Harbour Drive, George Town.  

During that service, Governor Kilpatrick will be sworn in as Chief Scout. 

The constitution of the Cayman Islands Scouts Association provides for the governor, in his or her official capacity, to become Chief Scout, explained the executive commissioner of the local scouts association, Winston Hayle. 

“In her role as Chief Scout, Her Excellency will serve as head of the local movement and will be kept informed and advised of its programs, functions and activities through consultation with its board of directors and officers,” Mr. Hayle said. 

Mrs. Kilpatrick will be invested as a member of the scouts worldwide movement and then be installed as Chief Scout, becoming the sixth Chief Scout of the Cayman Islands, he said. 

She will also serve as president of the local Girl Guides Movement. 

“We anticipate with great delight Her Excellency’s installation as Chief Scout of our local movement and celebrate the fact of her becoming the first female within the region to serve in such capacity,” Mr. Hayle said. “We look forward to her serving in her dual role as head both of the Scouts and Girl Guides Movements.” 

Scouts Week runs from March 2-8 and culminates with a campfire celebration at Sav-New play field on Pedro Castle Road at which scouts will meet together, along with parents and friends, around a campfire in an atmosphere of fun and fellowship. 

“Scouting, as well as other youth organizations, has a major role to play in guiding and directing our youths; particularly at this time when a number of the young people are seemingly attracted by activities that could lead them astray,” said Mr. Hayle. 

“We need to do whatever possible to assist in keeping them focused on established norms and values and in so doing adequately equip them to face future challenges,” he added.
Throughout the week, scouts will participate in a bob-a-job fund-raiser. This involves scouts undertaking odd jobs for payment. There will also be uniform day, community service day, a district social, basketball championship and campfire activity. 

The scout movement was founded by Lord Robert Baden-Powell. Scouting began with 20 boys and an experimental camp for training them at Brownsea Island, near Dorset, England in August 1907.  

Early scouting began as a program for boys aged 11 to 18 years, but soon the demand for others to participate became apparent and, in 1910, Lord Baden-Powell started the Girl Guides programs. 

Today, scouting is said to be the largest youth movement worldwide, with more than 28 million scouts, young people and adults, male and female, in 216 countries and territories. 

In Cayman, more than 300 young beavers, cubs and scouts are involved in the program.  

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One of the first people Governor Helen Kilpatrick met when she first arrived in Cayman was Scout Juan Pablo Valerio, 9, who presented her with a basket of local fruits to welcome her. As well as being the islands’ first female governor, she also will be the first female Chief Scout. – PHOTO: CHRIS COURT

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