Sooke’s mayor Maja Tait was invested as an honourable scout at a Camp Barnard event hosted on Tuesday, June 16.
According to Cedric Nagy (Group Commissioner, 1st Sooke Scouts), the short ceremony included the new scouts receiving the scout’s necker and group badges, accoutrements to identify them as “one of us.” Another major component was the new scouts reciting the Motto, Law and Promise for their section in front of their peers.
The honourary recognition for the Mayor was done in appreciation for past contributions.
“Two years ago the City Council assisted 1st Sooke Scouts with a grant to help purchase some much needed camping equipment,” explained Nagy. “We were thinking about what we could do to show our appreciation for that. As various ideas were bounced around the idea came up of, rather than give them a set of badges and a necker, investing the mayor as ‘one of us.’ For the boys and girls of 1st Sooke Scouts, I think that they can say to themselves that the mayor is just like them and they and aspire to be anything they want to be which is a neat message for a five-year-old boy or girl to receive.”
Mayor Maja Tait shared the enthusiasm. “I’m so pleased to be connected with such an inspiring group of young leaders, and grateful for the volunteers and parents for their efforts in keeping the Scouting legacy live in Sooke,” she noted in correspondence with Sooke PocketNews.
Scouts, much like Cadets and Girl Guide, provides programs for the boys and girls in their local region.
“We are dependent on the community of Sooke for assistance and opportunities – whether it be from the local fishing club to come out and talk about species, the museum doing a tour for the kids, our police and fire departments sparing some time to both educate and entertain and local businesses who let us use their locations for bottle drives and apple days and other endeavors,” said Nagy.
“We enjoy support from the Legion that makes room for us in the parade and from other sectors that try to include us in other events,” he elaborated. “We enjoy the support of the overall community who donates bottles, buys Scout Popcorn and chocolate bars on the annual fundraisers.”[sam id=”15″ codes=”true”]This year will Sooke will host the Pacific Jamboree at Camp Barnard from July 11 to 18 this year, when about 3,000 scouts are expected to participate.
The Sooke scouts would love to see Mayor Tait wearing the Scouts’ necker at any event she attends in an official capacity, an honour she would happily oblige. “An exciting year with the Pacific Jamboree just around the corner and I will be proudly wearing my Patrol Leader Necker for the opening ceremonies,” she committed.
As far as the Mayor’s official obligations as a scout, Nagy expects that Mayor Tait is probably already fulfilling her moral obligations.
“There are no official obligations to this other than promising to follow Motto, Promise and Law throughout her daily activities. I suspect, given her responsibilities as a mayor, that she already does this.”
– with notes from Cedric Nagy
From the Scouts Canada Wiki page
The Scout Promise
On my honour,
I promise that I will do my best
To do my duty to God and the Queen,
To help other people at all times,
And to carry out the spirit of the Scout Law.
The Scout Law
A Scout is:
Helpful and trustworthy,
Kind and cheerful,
Considerate and clean,
Wise in the use of all resources.
The Scout Motto
- Be Prepared
The Scout Slogan
- Do a Good Turn Daily