Cub Scouts are the youngest Section of the Scouting family in Belize and is a program of fun and activity for all children 7 to 11 years of age. Cub Scouting offers children in their own community the opportunity to work with others, develop responsibility and increase skills in hobbies and handicrafts.
Cub Scouts from Indian Creek Toledo in Formation for Activity
Cub Scouting makes full use of the need for adventure and the vivid imaginations of young children. Games of all kinds, simple skills, sense training, outings and camps, stories, music, play-acting, and handicrafts are all combined to form a unique program for children of this age.
Cub Scouts from 8th Belize St. Joseph Cub Scout Pack
However, to ensure a successful program, Akela Jersha Lennan, National Cub Scout Commissioner, had this to say, “Cub Scout Leaders need to be fully trained to enable them to implement the Cub Scout program because the training that Leaders receive covers everything that contributes to the makeup of a child’s personality: their physical growth, intellectual development, character, emotions and feelings, their attitude to others, their idea of God and many other factors that help us to understand this age group and this is important knowledge that Leaders should know when working with boys and girls between the ages of 7 and 11.”
27th Cayo Jaguars Cub Scouts at Investiture Ceremony, A time to Celebrate
It is for this reason that Akela Jersha encourages all Cub Scout Leaders to participate in training for this Section. With this in mind a Course was held over the weekend of April 17 & 18 at Camp Oakley, the national training and camping grounds of The Scout Association.
Akela Jersha Welcoming Participants at Course
The Course had the participation of eleven Leaders from the Corozal, Belize, Cayo and Stann Creek Districts.
During the two days of training participants took part in the following sessions:
· Boys and girls 7 to 11 - what are they like at this age
· Group life in the Pack - a special environment where boys and girls form friendly groups, have fun and do interesting things
· A symbolic framework - a fantasy world which serves as an inspirational background for group life in the Pack
· Team system, the Cub Scout pack - a society made up of young people
· The role of the Leaders in the Pack - like a big brother or sister
· The educational proposal - on the march towards a purpose
· The Promise and the Law - both a symbol and a proposal
Trainer Garcia Passionately Explaing program
The Course was directed by National Cub Scout Commissioner, Akela Jersha Lennan who was assisted by a core of qualified Trainers from The Scout Association of Belize.
Red Flower, A time to Sing, Dance and be Happy
A follow-up Course is scheduled to take place on June 5 & 6 of this year. Adults who would like to get involved in this program can contact Akela Jersha at:
Participants and Trainers Sharing the Moment