World Scouting on 24 November welcomed the Antigua and Barbuda Scout Association (ABSA) as the 173rd Member Organization of the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM).
ABSA has been active as an overseas branch of The Scout Association in the United Kingdom since the early years of Scouting and has had a dedicated presence at major national and international events, including the the 2019 World Scout Jamboree as well as the Cubboree.
Founded in 1913, ABSA has full government support with the island nation’s Governor General, His Excellency (H.E.) Sir Rodney Williams, also serving as its Chief Scout. This backing has been crucial in ongoing projects, such as the establishment of ABSA’s headquarters and campgrounds.
Marking this milestone event, H.E. Sir Williams said: “Antigua and Barbuda Scout Association is one of the oldest organisations in our twin island nation. ABSA’s longevity and work with youth for over a century has been accompanied with a positive national profile”.
“Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Founder’s Day event was a recognised activity in many schools across the nation and as such students were given the opportunity to replace their mandatory uniform with the Scout’s attire for that day,” he added. “In a similar manner, business places where Scout Leaders work also provide support for the organisation in the form of special leave or vacation to enable participation in Scouting events.