The 14th Caribbean Cuboree was officially launched on Tuesday amid much excitement and anticipation, as Guyana prepares to host this signature Cub Scout event for the first time. The Cuboree will see one thousand youths from 14 countries, including Guyana, participate in a host of activities from July 24 to 29.
Speaking at the launch, which took place at the Scout Association of Guyana’s (SAG) Headquarters, Woolford Avenue, Minister within the Ministry of Education, Nicolette Henry said Government recognizes the need to join hands with youth-friendly organisations, and as such, is happy to be supporting SAG in the hosting of this event.
In acknowledging that President David Granger is himself a Patron of SAG, Minister Henry said, “As the Ministry of Education with responsibility for the development of our young people here in Guyana, we recognize the need to join hands and work with the organisations that are working with young people here to ensure that young people are given opportunities so that they can be supported to contribute in a meaningful way to the development of themselves, and by extension, the development of this country.”
President of SAG and Chief Scout, Ramsay Ali, speaking at the launch, said the administration has been very supportive of scouting in general, and the move by SAG to host the Cuboree.
“We are extremely proud to be given this responsibility to host this event. We have received significant support for this event from the government of Guyana and Minister Henry has been very supportive in helping us to make this a success,” he stated.
Camp Chief of the Cuboree, Zaida Joaquin, in her remarks said the Cuboree is currently held tri-annually in the Caribbean, where Cub Scouting has been around for a century. Guyana hosting it now for the first time, she said, held great significance. “We are very lucky because this year Cub Scouting is celebrating 100 years of Scouting around the world and in Guyana we are celebrating 90-years of Cub Scouting,” she said.
Ms. Joaquin provided an outline of the events that will unfold during the week of the Cuboree. The Cubs, she said, will be hosted at the North Georgetown Primary School and the Richard Ishmael Secondary School, while SAG will be the headquarters for the Cuboree.
In addition to Government support, the private sector and several individuals have come on board in support of the Cuboree. “We have been very lucky enough to be able to get some sponsorship from some major companies in Guyana. A number of other people are supporting us including those supplying us with items and services. They have either discounted their services or given it to us free. We are very grateful for those sponsors to have come on-board,” Mr. Ali pointed out.
Banks DIH representative Mortimer Stewart and Digicel Guyana’s Louanna Abrams were both present at the launch.
Stewart said Banks DIH is proud to be associated with the 14th Caribbean Cuboree and congratulated SAG in its efforts to host the event. Meanwhile, Abrams indicated that events such as the Cuboree are in keeping with Digicel’s support for youth and community development initiatives.
The events open to the public include the opening ceremony to be held on July 24 at Durban Park at 15:00hrs, a culture day on July 26, torch light parade and camp fire on July 27 and a concert on July 28. President Granger is expected to deliver remarks at the opening ceremony.