President and Chief Scout Paula-Mae Weekes reminded scouts that they have a special responsibility to be an example and beacon of light among their peers.
She was speaking at the Scout Association of T&T’s annual presentation of National Scout Youth Awards on Saturday.
“Young people in T&T and indeed the world are experiencing crises of varying degrees. For some, the lure of fast money and easy gains wins out over ambition, hard work and the diligent pursuit of goals.
“Others are disillusioned by what can appear to be an unfair and unbalanced system lacking in real opportunities for social progress and mobility,” Weekes said.
She said a firm foundation of values and ideals upon which to stand was required to weather the storms of youthful anxiety and uncertainty.
Weekes said as members of an organisation which had for over 100 years produced outstanding citizens such as former President Sir Ellis Clarke, olympian Mannie Ramjohn and former Roman Catholic Archbishop Anthony Pantin, the scouts had a significant head start and a special responsibility to be an example and beacon of light among their peers.
She said when they are beset with dismal stories they are able to draw from the values embedded during their scouting journey.