During the First World War a certain amount of assistance was rendered by Scouts. Pageants were held to raise funds; Scouts also participated in functions organized by local charities to assist the war effort and members of the Crew of Australian “H.M.A.S. Sydney” were entertained by the Scouts during regular visits to Nassau.

In 1917 there are records of two more Out Island Troops having been started, in Clarence Town, Long Island and at the Public School in Ragged Island. There is a record of a Wolf Cub Pack having been established at Spring Point, Acklins. This was the very first Wolf Cub Scout started in The Bahamas. It was followed by another Wolf Cub Pack also started in 1917 which was attached to the 2nd Bahamas Troop (Queen’s College). These two Wolf Cub Packs were relatively short lived, and it was not until after the Second World War that Cubing became firmly established.

The 1920’s was a period of expansion and consolidation in Scouting in The Bahamas.

The 1st Bahamas Troop (The Nassau Grammar School) closed down early in the 1920’s.

In 1924 The Bahamas was represented at the Imperial Jamboree at Wembley , England by Gordon O’Brien, then a Scout in the 2nd Bahamas Troop (Queen’s College).

In 1929 Baden-Powell was honored with a peerage, becoming Lord Baden-Powell of Gilwell.

It is known that during this time the 10th Bahamas Troop (Wesley Methodist Church), under the leadership of a Mr. Colebrooke; the 5th Bahamas Troop (St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church), under the leadership of a Mr. Steward; and the 3rd Bahamas Troop sponsored by St. Mathew’s Anglican Church, (Eastern Senior School), under the leadership of George Aranah were all very active; and towards the end of the decade, the 4th Bahamas Troop (St. Mary’s) and the 8th Bahamas Troop (St. Agnes) were operating under the guidance of Bishop Shedden.

George Aranah, an ex-serviceman of World War 1, was the founder, organizer and Group Scout Master of the 3rd Bahamas Troop (Eastern Senior School). Mr. Aranah was one of the gallant 30’s as they were called, returned to Nassau from seeing active duty in the European theatre of war. Mr. Aranah returned from active duty with men like Sir Etienne Dupuch, Henry E. Butcher, Evans, John Demeritte and Herbert Smith to name a few. About 30 young boys from the Eastern District of New Providence were recruited by Mr. Aranah, who at the time lived on Armstrong Street in the heart of the area between Victoria Avenue and the eastern parade known as the “white ground”. Mr. Aranah was assisted by Drexel Armbrister who was the assistant scout master and Leonard Bartlett who was responsible for the drum and bugle corps.

A couple members of that famous drum and bugle corps were Carlton Francis (drummer) and Earle Francis (bugle), also Clement Maynard while attending the Victoria School was a member of the Cub section which was attached to the 3rd Bahamas Troop; the Wolf Cub Leader was Mr. Hubert Haven a teacher from the Victoria School, also known as Worrell School, presumably because the Headmistress was Mrs. Mamie Worrell.

1930 was a memorable year for Scouting in The Bahamas as a result of a visit by the World Chief Scout, Lord Baden-Powell who arrived in February and was met by all Scouts and Guides upon his arrival at Prince George Wharf.

On that occasion, Gordon O’Brien was presented with the Bronze Cross (the highest award for gallantry in Scouting) for his part in rescuing twelve women and children from a ship in distress during the hurricane of September 1929, and the late Edison Russell received the Silver Cross for performing hurricane relief work under arduous conditions.

Lord Baden-Powell visit gave a further impetus to Scouting during the 1930’s.

Governor Sir Bede Clifford was keenly interested in Scouting and gave it every encouragement, although a well-meaning attempt by W. G. Albury, Inspector of Schools and Scout Commissioner for some time, to persuade every School Headmaster to start a Troop quite naturally ended in failure.

In 1932 Scouts turned out to greet Prince George and Princess Marina (later Duke and Duchess of Kent) when they visited Nassau.

 In 1937, 35,000 Scouts assembled in Washington, D.C. United States of America for a World Jamboree and The Bahamas was represented by twenty-two Scouts and two Leaders from the 2nd Bahamas Troop.

The Second World War proved something of a set-back to Scouting, although many Troops which were started in the twenties and thirties had suffered variable fortunes.  Assistance given towards the war effort included helping the Red Cross and the I.O.D.E., performing guard duty at the Airport and Lighthouse, assisting the War Materials Committee in gathering scrap metal and waste paper.
At the end of the war a revival was naturally called for, and the necessary impetus was given under the leadership of James E. McCoy and Gordon S. Mather the first two successive postwar Chief Commissioners.

In 1947 Mr. Peter Cole became the Chief Commissioner

In March 1948 Mr. William (Bill) Pemberton became the Assistant Commissioner for Cubs and it was largely due to his efforts that the Cub Scout section was built up to its present strong position.

1948 saw the introduction of Sea Scouting to The Bahamas, a somewhat belated entry by the Branch of the Movement which lends itself so ideally to Bahamian waters.

In 1952 Durward Knowles became the first Assistant Commissioner of Sea Scouts. Also in 1952 Lt. Col. G.O. Gamble became Deputy Chief Commissioner.

Camping had by this time been given its rightful place in Scouting activity, and there are records of Scouts from Nassau camping at Spanish Wells, Eleuthera Island, Current Island, Eleuthera , Hatchet Bay, Eleuthera Island and Rose Island, Nassau.

Also in 1952 six leading Bahamian Scouters spent seven weeks in England attending the First World Indaba (an International Camp for Scouters) and successfully completing part two of their Wood Badge Training in Cub, Scout, and Rover Scout Leadership.
Both the Indaba and the Wood Badge course took place at Gilwell Park, the ‘Mecca” of Scouting. Mention must be made here of the valiant efforts of Dudley Gamblin in raising funds to pay for this trip.

 1952 was also notable in that Lord Rowallan, who was Commonwealth Chief Scout (1945-1949), paid a visit to The Bahamas. By this time there were some eight Groups functioning in Nassau.

In 1955 the Eighth World Jamboree was held at Niagara Falls, Canada. The Bahamas was represented by 34 Scouts. This is the largest number of Bahamian Scouts ever to attend an International event overseas.

In the same year Princess Margaret visited The Bahamas and Scouting was well represented in the Celebrations held to mark this occasion.

1957 was the Jubilee Year for the World Scouting Movement and also the centenary of Lord Baden-Powell’s birth. Services of Thanksgiving and local celebrations were held throughout the World and a combined Jamboree, Indaba, and Rover Moot, was held at Sutton Coldfield in England. Nine Scouts from Nassau flew to England to represent The Bahamas at this event. Also there was a pageant depicting the life of Baden-Powell which was presented in Nassau.  

In 1958 five Nassau Scouters flew to Jamaica to complete their Wood Badge Training, also during the same year there was a further visit from Princess Margaret and Scouts lined Bay Street to welcome her.

That year also saw The Bahamas Branch of The Scout Association of England adopted a new Constitution.

In 1959 largely through the influence of Sir Raynor Arthur, Governor of The Bahamas, The Crown leased 36 acres of land at Adelaide to The Bahamas Branch for use as a camping ground.

Also in 1959 The Bahamas Branch was presented with its first Scout Headquarters situated at Fort Charlotte.

Moreover in May 1959 Mr. William (Bill) Pemberton was appointed Chief Commissioner; he succeeded Mr. Peter Cole (1947-1959).
During 1960 the first ever Scout Wood Badge Training Course was conducted in The Bahamas under the leadership of Bill Pemberton,  Bruce McKie, Colbert Williams and Cyril Bailey.
Early in 1961 a Fair was held on the grounds of Government House and the same year, seven representatives attended the Caribbean Jamboree in Trinidad.
In July 1961 Mr. Bill Pemberton resigned due to ill health. Mr. Bruce McKie was appointed Chief Commissioner and served from August 1961 until January 1962.
In 1962 Mr. Bill Pemberton was reappointed as Chief Commissioner. The events of 1962 were typical in most cases of those which had been held regularly for many years – inspection by the Governor as Chief Scout on St. George’s Day, the Commonwealth Youth Day parade and Remembrance Day Sunday. However, there were events of more outstanding significance, notably the commencement of work upon the projected campsite at Adelaide and the visit in October by Mr. George Witchell, Travelling Commissioner for Commonwealth Scouting, during which the first Wolf Cub Wood Badge preliminary Training Course in The Bahamas was held and the foundation laid down for a Bahamian Training Team.
Also in 1962 the first changes were made (on an experimental basis) in the test laid down in the Policy, Organization, Rules, (P.O.R.) of the United Kingdom (U.K.).
During this time Bill Pemberton received much help from the Chairman of the Council, Gerald Cash, Rev. William Bishop, Chairman of the Executive Committee, Colin Honess, Hon. Secretary and John Heddon, Treasurer and his Commissioner’s Staff.

In 1963 William (Bill) Pemberton received the Silver Acorn, an Award for especially distinguished services to Scouting.

Shortly afterwards, Solomon Rolle, who became a Scouter in 1923 and is now the longest-serving active Scouter (his Warrant being signed by Baden-Powell himself), was awarded the Long Service Decoration.

It was during the year 1966 that the 4th Bahamas Scout Group, Christ Church Cathedral was established.

Mr. Maceo Coakley succeeded Mr. Bill Pemberton in November 1967 as Chief Commissioner. During this time, Mr. Coakley was selected to attend a World Scout Conference in Finland as a member of the delegation of the United Kingdom; (U.K.) the first time a Bahamian Scouter had attended a World Conference.

In 1970 a further enhancement of the administrative structure in Scouting took place with the appointment of Mr. Charles F. Smith as the first President of The Bahamas Branch.

In 1972 Mr. Maceo Coakley began planning to move The Bahamas from a Branch of the Scout Association of the United Kingdom (U.K.) to an Association of its own within the World Movement of Scouting.
Many visits were made during this year by members of the World Office of Scouting to check on the state of scouting in The Bahamas; in addition, during this time period The Bahamas Branch updated its programme and training, bringing a new outlook to scouting by changing the Names, “Boy Scout” to Scouts, “Wolf Cub” to Cub Scouts, “Scoutmaster” to Scout Leader and “Wolf Cub Leader” to Cub Scout Leader.

In 1972 Mr. Louis Isaac was appointed President of The Bahamas Branch succeeding Mr. Charles F. Smith.

On the 9th February 1972 the Association’s Annual General Meeting was held at Government House, elected Lay Officers were; Hon. Gerald Cash (vice president), Charles F. Smith (vice president), Allan Duffield (executive), Derek Parish (honorary treasurer), the Rev. Marcian Peters (council chairman), Louis Isaac (president), David Clarke (honorary secretary), Eric Crowch (vice president),and  Maceo Coakley was the Chief Commissioner. Executive committee members elected were: Kingsley Clarke (scouter) and Charles Sands (layman) district 1, Fort Montagu; Ephriam Jones (scouter) and James Thompson (layman) district 2, Fort Charlotte; John Davis (scouter) and Joel Knowles (layman) district 3, Fox Hill; Orthnall Morris (scouter) and layman (to be announced later) district 4, Killarney; and further members include Robert Metcalf, Burcell Rielly (scouters) and Alfred Maycock, Charles Diggiss (laymen).

 On 19th February 1972 a Mess Hall was built at the Adelaide campsite at a cost of $26,000 BSD, which was made possible by the Nassau Rotary Club and the Scout Council.
The reconnaissance men behind the project were Chief Scout Maceo Coakley, former Chief Commissioner William Bill Pemberton, and ex-chairman of The Scout Council Hugh Wright; all three belonged to the Nassau Rotary Club.

Also in June 1972 the first scouts to qualify for the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award were members of the 4th Bahamas Scout Group, Christ Church Cathedral; qualifying were: Kirt Claridge, Jeffery Chandler, Michael Wells, Peter Scott, Franklyn Burrows, Henderson Burrows, Brian Albury, Leslie Pyfrom, Basil Longley, Stephen Treco, Jeffery Lightbourne, Neville Braynen, Victor Chandler, Wilfred Sands, Barry Miller, Carl Williams, Winston Basden, the Rev. Leslie Weatherhead, Dean of Nassau, supervised the training and Cleophas Adderley.

Mr. Allan Duffield was appointed President of The Bahamas Branch (1973-1974) succeeding Mr. Louis Isaac.

The year 1974 saw Mr. John Phillpot appointed as Chief Commissioner succeeding Mr. Maceo Coakley.

Prior to 1974, The Governors of The Bahamas were effectively the Chief Scouts. With the granting of Independence in 1973 this trend was discontinued by Sir Milo B. Butler.

In August 1974 The Bahamas received its Charter as the 108th Member of The World Scout Movement at the Inter-American Scout Conference in Miami Florida U.S.A., and the new name became, The Scout Association of The Bahamas. Mr. Maceo Coakley was appointed as the first non-Governor Chief Scout of The Bahamas and Mr. Bill Pemberton was elected as President of the newly charted Association.

During this period Scouts and Leaders attended Jamborees and Camps in many parts of the world. The Scout Association of The Bahamas sent representatives to Inter-American Scout Conferences in Miami Florida, Mexico, Guatemala, and Chile. They also attended World Scout Conferences in Denmark, Canada, England, and United States of America.

In 1975 Scout Leader Michael Spencer attended the 25th World Scout Jamboree held in Norway, which he and Scouter Chris Lloyd represented The Bahamas and during which he met Lord Baden-Powell 111, grandson of the founder of the scout movement.

In 1975 an act to incorporate The Scout Association of The Bahamas became law on the 19th November by an act of Parliament. The Trusties of The Scout Association of The Bahamas are, Mr. Roy Davis, Mr. John Phillpot and Mr. Alexander Gibson.

In July 1976 Gregory Roberts Assistant Cub Scout Leader, and Pedro Kelly both  members of the 12th Bahamas Scout Group, of St. Anselm’s Catholic Church, Fox Hill travelled to England for two weeks to
tour scout camps and to call in at Central Headquarters England. Allen Sandcliff, Venture Scout Leader for the 12th Bahamas Scout Group was instrumental in providing the opportunity; he preceded them on a trip to England.

In 1977 Mr. Roy Davis was elected President of The Scout Association of The Bahamas succeeding Mr. William (Bill) Pemberton.

 1978 was a very important year for scouting in The Bahamas as Mr. Maitland Cates was elected to serve on the Executive Committee of the Inter-American Scout Committee, becoming the first Bahamian Scouter to hold any top post in World Scouting.
Mr. Maitland Cates also served on the Inter-American Scout Fund Committee.

In October 1978 the First National Scout Leaders Conference was held at St. Anselm’s Catholic Church Hall in Fox Hill. The key note Speaker was Maitland Cates who at that time spoke on the past and present condition of Scouting in The Bahamas, and emphasized that the need for future growth, will be for the Association to attract new leaders into the movement.

Also in 1978 Mr. Ralph Renick, Vice President and News Director of Channel 4 Television Miami Florida, and a Scout Leader from the South Florida Boy Scouts Council made a presentation to Mr. Roy Davis President of The Scout Association of The Bahamas, Chief Commissioner Mr. John Phillpot and Mr. Alexander Gibson Deputy Chief Commissioner at Government House Nassau for their contribution to Scouting in the region.

Mr. John Phillpot in 1978 was elected a member to serve on the Inter-American Scout Training Team.
This year also saw Mr. Milo Butler Jr. being appointed President of The Scout Association of The Bahamas succeeding Mr. Roy Davis.

 In 1980 Mr. John Phillpot became Chairman of the Operations Committee of the Inter-American Scout Conference.

In 1980 The Scout Association of The Bahamas was elected to host the 13th Inter-American Scout Conference, which is to be held in Nassau Bahamas. This is due in part to the hard work of Mr. Maitland Cates and Mr. John Phillpot, both actively serving internationally at the Inter-American Scout Committee.

Also during 1980 The Scout Association of The Bahamas commences building its new Headquarters on Dolphin Drive in Nassau. This is due to the untiring work and dedication of Mr. David Clarke and Mr. Ken Palmer both members of the National Executive Committee.

During 1980 The Bahamas continued with its international exposure of young scouters by attending the Inter-American Conference which was held in Brazil.

It was also in 1980 that Mr. Alexander Gibson was appointed Chief Scout of The Bahamas succeeding Mr. Maceo Coakley as the second non Governor General Chief Scout in an Independent Bahamas.

In January 1981 Sir Gerald Cash laid the cornerstone to the Dolphin Drive Scout Headquarters. Mr. David Clarke was the Architect for the building and Mr. Milo Butler Jr. was the Association’s President.

In 1982 Mr. John Phillpot was elected Vice President of the Inter-American Scout Committee and Chairman of the International Training Committee.
Mr. Robert Bartlett a brilliant young scouter was also elected to the International Training Committee.

In 1982 The Founder’s Day Celebrations were held at St Paul’s Methodist Church, Freeport Grand Bahama. Chief Superintendent of Police, Ormand Briggs took the Official Salute. Also present were John Davis Deputy Chief Commissioner, Brent Burrows Assistant Scout Commissioner, Albert Whylly Assistant Scout Commissioner Grand Bahama, Marion Watson District Cub Commissioner Grand Bahama, and Emily Ferguson District Commissioner Grand Bahama; also present were Mr. George Merabux, Magistrate and Rev. Edwin Taylor, Pastor St. Paul’s Methodist Church.

During this time The Scout Association of The Bahamas was able to establish its National Scout Headquarters at Dolphin Drive in Nassau.

Also in 1982, during the 75th Anniversary of The Scout Association of The Bahamas,  The Bahamas was host to the13th Inter-American Scout Conference held on Paradise Island Nassau,( July 25th – 31st) at which 192 members of the Americas attended along with members of the World Scout Committee and the Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS).
At this conference Mr. John Phillpot was elected to the Inter-American Scout Conference and was appointed to the Steering Committee.
Also during this conference, Mr. William (Bill) Pemberton was awarded the Youth of Americas Award for services rendered to Scouting in The Bahamas; he was the first National Leader to receive this award.
It was during this conference that the official opening of the National Headquarters of the Scout Association of The Bahamas took place.

In 1983 Mr. William C. Allan, Governor of Central Bank was elected President of The Scout Association of The Bahamas succeeding Mr. Milo Butler Jr.
Mr. Stafford Coakley was elected Secretary, and elected Treasurer, was Mr. William Hogg, other officers were Louis Isaacs, Phillip Worrell and Ken Palmer; Alexander Gibson was the Chief Scout.
Also elected was Scout Executive Members; David Clarke, Chairman, Jack Young, Sam Davis, Donald Tomlinson, Nelson Newbold, George Bethel, Thomas Sands, Ronnie Lowe, Gregory Nesbitt, Stephan Hall, Tim Eldon, Mrs. Julis Atkinson, and Timothy Cartwright.

In 1983 a great step was made when the Scout Association of The Bahamas employed its first full-time Scout Executive in the person of Mr. John Davis, a Scouter for many years with a great wealth of experience.
Mr. John Davis was instrumental in the Association changing its programme to the new World Programme, and the Caribbean Boy’s Scout Programme, he also adapted the Training Programme to meet the requirements of its Scouts and Leaders.

Later in 1983, Mr. Robert Bartlett was appointed Chief Commissioner of The Scout Association of The Bahamas succeeding Mr. John Phillpot.

On the 7th April 1984 The Scout Association held a Scout Fair and Exhibition on the Eastern Parade Grounds.

In 1984 the Uriah McPhee Primary School Cub Scout Group was establish and became known as, the 14th Bahamas Cub Scout Group, under the leadership of Lenox Green, Ms. Jean Pittman and Ms. Geneva Cash, all Teachers at the school.

On 6th November 1985 Mr. Phillip Worrell was elected President of The Scout Association of The Bahamas succeeding Mr. William C. Allan.
Also elected was Chief Scout, Alexander Gibson, Vice President, Maitland T. Cates, Treasurer, William Hogg, Secretary, John B. Young, National Chairman, David N. Clarke; Executive Members, Samuel C. Davis, Donald Tomlinson, Nelson Newbold, Brent Burrows, Stephan Hall, Ms. Marjorie Lightbourne. National Council Members: Michael Lothian, Ms. Jessica Bowe, Ms. Janet Thompson, John Seabright, George Cox, Richard Dean,  all presidents of the Kiwanis and Rotary Clubs based in New Providence.

On the occasion of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s visit 15th October 1985, she chatted with Scouts who lined the path on her return to the Royal Yacht Britannia.

In 1986 The Bahamas attended the Inter-American Scout Conference in Trinidad.

 At this Conference Mr. John Phillpot was awarded the Bronze Wolf Award, the highest award given by the World Scout Committee for exceptional service to World Scouting. (On a historical note; the first award was given to Lord Baden Powell in 1935). This award given to Mr. Phillpot was the 186th such award given by the World Scout Committee and the second to be awarded in the Caribbean since 1932.Mr. Phillpot also received the Youth of Americas Award for service to Scouting in the Region and for his continued work on the Inter-American Scout Committee.

Also in 1986 Mr. David Clarke was elected to the Inter-American Scout Committee, he was the third member of The Bahamas to serve on the Committee.

In 1986 Mr. Brent Burrows a talented and experience scouter was appointed Chief Commissioner succeeding Mr. Robert Bartlett, who continued concentrating his efforts in building the Training Programme of the Association serving as Training Commissioner.
Mr. Burrows began immediately enhancing immensely the Cub Scout Programme and the further development of the Adelaide campsite.

In 1986 Mr. John Davis National Scout Executive directed the effort for the collection of clothing and shoes to assist 11,000 flood victims in Jamaica.

Also in March 1986 a Scout Group was re-opened at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral Catholic Church; it was assigned the number the 3rd Bahamas Scout Group; Services were conducted by Rev. Simeon Roberts.

In April 1986 Scouting was again restarted in Rock Sound, Eleuthera under the leadership of Craig Cates.

Eight Scouts and one Leader attended the Inter-American Scout Conference in 1987 which was held in Argentina. Simultaneously, being held in Nassau was a Summer Camp; by this time there were four Family Islands with active scout groups having a combined membership of 1100 Cubs and Scouts.

In 1987 Mr. Dennis Knowles having completed his Queen’s Scout Award 20 years earlier, petitioned the Scout Association of The Bahamas, on presentation of his documents, he was awarded his Queen’s Scout Badge.

Officers of the Scout Association of The Bahamas for the administrative year 1987 – 1988 were: Chief Scout Alexander Gibson, President Philip Worrell, Vice Presidents Maitland Cates and Ken Palmer,

Executive Vice President David Clarke, Secretary Ms. Sheral Kemp, Treasurer Mrs. Janet Thompson, National Council Members were; Bishop Lawrence Burke, Bishop Michael Eldon, the Rev. Neil Roach,
the Rev. Dr. J. Emmette Weir, William Allan, Milo Butler Jr., Roy Davis, Peter Cole, Andrew Demeritte, M. Oakley Bidwell, Audley Major, Michael Lothian, George Cox, Thomas Sands, Thomas Evans, Paul Cash, John Eaton, William Hogg, John Seabright, Richard Dean, William Pemberton, Maceo Coakley, S.C. Penn, Stafford Coakley, Robert Ranson, Percy Knowles, Winston Clarke, Ms. Jessica Bowe, George Bethel, Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace, Collins Hanna, Franklin Burrows, Samuel Thurston, Chief Commissioner and President of The Bahamas Girl Guides Association, the Director of The Bahamas Red Cross Society, the Director of Youth, Sports and Community Affairs, the President of the Kiwanis and Rotary Clubs. Executive Committee Members were; John Phillpot Chairman, Donald Tomlinson, Nelson Newbold, Deputy Superintendent of Police Samuel Davis, Coolidge Cartwright, Irvin Eldon and Marjorie Lightbourne.

In 1988 an International Patrol Camp was held at the National Headquarters on Dolphin Drive Nassau, with 265 young scouts in attendance from The Bahamas including five other countries.

In April 1988, 17 year old Jason Worzbty of Home Pennsylvania USA came all the way to Nassau to receive his Badge for the Rank of Eagle Scout; scouting highest award in America; A Court of Honour Ceremony was held at Scout Headquarters, Dolphin Drive on the occasion.

This year also saw Mr. Maitland Cates receiving the Youth of Americas Award for service to Scouting in the Region and for his continued work on the Inter-American Scout Committee.

In 1989 Rev. C. B. Moss was appointed President of The Scout Association of The Bahamas succeeding Mr. Phillip B. Worrell.

1990 The Annual Church Service of The Scout Association of The Bahamas was held at the Historic Bethel Baptist Church on Meeting Street.

 

In 1990 Mr. John Phillpot was appointed Chief Scout succeeding Mr. Alexander Gibson (1980-1990)
Mr. Alexander Gibson was named Honorary Chief Scout.

In 1990 the 1st Bahamas Sea Scout Group participated in the Montague foreshore clean-up Project, under the direction of Leaders, Themelis Cathopoulis, John Robertson and John Antonas.

In 1990 Mr. Brian R. Christie was employed as Director of Scouting, an Executive Scouter position in the Scout Association of The Bahamas, he succeeded Mr. John Davis who gave exceptional service as an Executive Scouter and was instrumental in having many visiting scouters from United States of America,
Canada and Jamaica camped in The Bahamas. 

The supporting Commissioner’s Team under the leadership of Honorary  Chief Scout Alexander Gibson, Chief Commissioner Brent Burrows, and Training Commissioner Robert Bartlett, Mr. Brian R. Christie continued the thrust of building Family Island Groups, with new Troops being opened in Fresh Creek and Kemps Bay Andros, which included young scouts from the Long Bay Cays area; Other Groups were opened in Long Island,  Abaco, Eleuthera, Bimini, Inagua and Grand Bahama; also during this time the Association concentrated its effort in Fund Raising, assisting many civic organizations with their activities and programs, including The Bahamas Humane Society and The Rotary Clubs of The Bahamas.
The Association also established a Scout Band under the Direction of Sargent Ronald Campbell of The Royal Bahamas Police Force Band.

In 1990 the Executives of The Scout Association were as follows:
President -                                                             Rev. C. B. Moss
Chief Scout -                                                          John Phillpot
Chief Commissioner-                                            Brent Burrows
Chief Training Commissioner-                            Robert Bartlett
Director of Scouting-                                            Brian R. Christie
Honorary Chief Scout-                                          Alexander Gibson
Secretary-                                                               Colin Higgs
Treasurer-                                                              Ken Pyfrom
Chairman, Management Committee-    John E. Robertson
Vice Presidents-                                                    Donald Tomlinson
Ken Palmer
Maitland Cates
Directors-                                                               Timothy Cartwright
Marjorie Lightbourne
Tim Eldon
Ken Lam
Kirk Hinsey
Legal Advisor-                                                       Charles McCartney

 

During the end of 1990 the Association was saddened to see Mr. Peter Cole former Chief Commissioner of The Scout Association of The Bahamas (1947-1959) passes on to higher ground and also two other great Scouts who helped The Bahamas gain its independence in World Scouting, Lord McLane and Sir Mark Noble B. T., who was one of the boys Lord Baden Powell took to the first Camp at Brownsea Island.

Also notable during this time was a vibrant Cub Pack at the Anglican High School, St. John’s College under the Leadership of a talented scouter Eleanor Caesar a Teacher at the institution.

In 1991 Mr. Leighton Danny Tynes was appointed Chief Commissioner succeeding Mr. Brent Burrows.
This year also saw Mr. Alexander Gibson being re-appointed as Chief Scout of The Bahamas.

The Scout Association of The Bahamas made changes to establish officially the post of National Scout Executive in charge of the Uniform Operations of the local movement.
The expansion of Scout Groups took place in a number of schools throughout New Providence.

In 1992 Mr. Felix Stubbs was appointed as President of the Scout Association of The Bahamas succeeding Rev. C. B. Moss and Mr. Felix Stubbs worked very well with the Uniform Branch of the Movement, he continued the thrust for fund raising as Scout Groups and Troops were being opened throughout the country in many of the schools.
During this time, Mr. Tony Sawyer and Olivia Kent played notable roles in assisting with the running of the Uniform Branch of the Association.

In 1995 Mr. Brendon Watson was appointed President of The Scout Association of The Bahamas succeeding Mr. Felix Stubbs.
Mr. Watson continued the Association’s thrust in the area of fund raising.

In October 1995 Mr. Arthur Taylor was employed as National Scout Executive.

Notable during Mr. Taylor’s tenure as Scout Executive the National Headquarters was transformed and upgraded to include a functioning Scout Shop and improved outdoor facilities.
Group administration and record keeping were high on the agenda. The Scout District system was revisited and new Districts were established.
Opportunities were created for Leaders to obtain their Advance Training awards and to participate in overseas training.

In 1996 Mr. Brent Burrows was elected President of the Scout Association of The Bahamas, succeeding Mr. Brendon Watson

As President, Mr. Burrows built a strong relationship with the Rotary Club of East Nassau, along with Mr. Donald Tomlinson who was serving as Vice President of The Scout Association of The Bahamas.

In May 1996 with the support of the Rotary Clubs, work began to give a facelift to the Adelaide Campsite, with camping areas, playing field and bathroom / shower facilities.

Also in 1996 Mr. Arthur Taylor completed his initial six months Scout Administrator Training in Belize.

In October 1997 saw the reintroduction by Mr. Taylor of the Leaders Conference, a means for Leaders throughout the Association to come together and discuss matters related to the Scout Programme and offer suggestion for improving the scouting product.

Mr. Taylor along with Mr. Michael Hudson of the Inter-American Scout Office in Costa Rica and Mr. John Phillpot was also instrumental in bringing to fruition the revised edition of the Policy, Organization and Rules (P.O.R.) document which assists with the day to day operation of the Association.

In February 1997 Mr. Taylor introduced The District Commissioners Conference, at which time consisted of the following districts.
The Holy Cross District, The Montagu District, The Fort Charlotte District, The Adelaide District, The Northern District (Abaco, Grand Bahama and Bimini),The Eleuthera District, The San Salvador District, The North Island District and The South Long Island District.

In 1997 Belize sent Trainers to The Bahamas to conduct an Advance Training Course.

In April 1997, the Proficiency Badge system for Cubs and Scouts was evaluated with badges that are relevant to the Bahamian way of life being given priority. As a result of this activity, Mrs. P. Erica Rolle completed the new Cub Scout Handbook of The Bahamas.

The new facilities at the Adelaide Campsite and Scout Headquarters were completed in 1997.

In July 1998 Mr. Taylor completed the Trainer of Trainers certification in Belize.

1998 Inell Williams District Commissioner served on the Inter-American Scout Committee, on the occasion in the revision of the work, the English translation of the “Handbook for Cub Scout Leaders”.

The Scout Standard, Advance Scout Standard, Chief Scout and Queen Scout Awards were re-visited by Mr. Arthur Taylor culminating in awarding five Queen Scouts Awards in 1999.

Also upon the completion of the new facilities at Adelaide and ending the decade, there were a total of Ten (10) National Camps; Seven (7) Headquarters Camps; and Eight (8) Training Camps held.

In 2000 Mr. Stephen Cooper succeeded Mr. Taylor as National Scout Executive.
Mr. Cooper was instrumental in adding quite a goodly number of Scout Groups in the education system.
Many schools had Cubs and Scouts Group attached which were operated by Teachers.
This was a period of further enhancement of the Scouting product as the maintaining of Cub and Scout Groups in the schools continued.

In 2002 Mr. Winston Newton was elected President of The Scout Association of The Bahamas succeeding Mr. Brent Burrows.

During Mr. Winston Newton leadership, the Association began a process of self-evaluation and reorganization. Efforts were made to strengthen the Executive Committee and the administration of the association.

In 2002 Mr. Joseph Pickering served on the Inter-American Scout Committee of the revision of contents and texts of the English version “Handbook for Leaders of the Scout Section”.

In 2003 the Association developed a five year National Plan, outlining the objectives and goals of the movement towards 2007 and the celebration of the centennial of the Scout Movement (“One World One Promise”).

In 2004 Chief Scout Mr. Alexander Gibson on the recommendation of the President Mr. Winston Newton and the Executive Committee appointed Mr. Brian R. Christie as Chief Commissioner. Mr. Christie began immediately to fortify the Uniform Leaders section of the movement by appointing Mr. Robert Bartlett as National Training Commissioner, also Mr. Alan Pinto was appointed Scout Commissioner, Mr. Joseph Pickering was appointed Family Island Commissioner, Mr. Llewellyn Burrows was appointed Cub Scout Commissioner, Mr. Timothy Cartwright served as Headquarters and Scout Shop Commissioner, Mr. Demond Thompson served as International and Communication Commissioner. Mr. Drexel Major was the Office Manager, Mrs. Gilda Storr the Office Secretary and Mr. Richmond Smith was appointed Campsite Commissioner.

In July 2004 during the 91st Anniversary of The Scout Association of The Bahamas Mr. Winston Newton opened the Cyber Café at the Scout Headquarters.

Also in 2004 a Leaders Conclave was held at Plantation Hill, The Caves, West Bay Street, hosted by the proprietor Ms. Julie Hoffer, in attendance were Executives of the Association and many Leaders from throughout the country.

Moreover, during 2004 Mr. Arthur Taylor and Mr. Alan Pinto chaired and co-chaired respectively a committee of the Policy, Organization and Rules (P.O.R.) and proposed the reintroduction of the position of Chief Commissioner and the criteria for the establishment of District status.                                               
It was agreed at the Annual General Meeting of 2004, that the position of Chief Commissioner be reinserted in the Policy, Organization and Rules, and further the inclusion of: any Island of The Bahamas to obtain a District status shall have a minimum of eight (8) functioning Groups. A sub-District status shall be obtained with a minimum of four (4) functioning Groups and a minimum of one (1) Group shall be referred as a Family Island Group.

In September 2005 Mr. Winston Newton, President and Mr. Brian R. Christie, Chief Commissioner attended The World Scout Conference in Tunisia, Africa. It was at this conference that a position was
taken by delegates from The Caribbean Countries to strengthen the Caribbean Regional  Scouting structure and operation, brining it in compliance with World Scouting objectives; hence the re-birth of the Caribbean Chief Commissioners Conference.

In February 2006 Mr. Winston Newton President, led a contingent of scout leaders and executives to distribute hurricane supplies of hygienic items to Grand Bahama, after the devastation of two hurricanes that hit the island within a couple of months; the delegation included John Phillpot,  Alexander Gibson, Chief Scout, Brian R. Christie, Chief Commissioner, Timothy Cartwright and Llewellyn Burrows,; the delegation was met by Van Rolle, Commissioner Grand Bahama and several scouts from the Grand Bahama area.

In 2006 Mr. John Phillpot was appointed President of the Association succeeding Mr. Winston Newton.

Mr. John Phillpot introduced a Leaders Breakfast Meeting Conclave, this proved quite effective in garnering ideas to move the Association toward the centennial celebrations of scouting in The Bahamas.

On 1st August 2007, a One World One Promise Ceremony of Thanksgiving and Service were held at Fort Charlotte at 7:15am, marking the significant milestone of 100 years of World Scouting.

It was in November 2007 Mr. Fred Ramsey a Lay Executive Member of the Scout Association of The Bahamas, having made the Oath of the Scout Promise and became an Investiture Member of the Uniform Branch, attended the Inter-American Scout Conference in Ecuador along with Danny Sumner

Scout Public Relations Commissioner, both dressed in Full Scout Uniform which speaks volume of their dedication and commitment to assisting the movement in all capacity.

In April 2010 The Bahamas hosted the Caribbean Chief Commissioners’ Conference at Breezes Cable Beach Resort. At this conference Mr. Brian R. Christie Chief Commissioner was appointed Chairperson of the Sub-Committee for Disaster and Hurricane Preparedness Programme for Caribbean Scouts. The opening ceremonies were held at Government House.

In 2011 the Executives of the Association are as follows:
President                                                            Mr. John Phillpot
Vice Presidents                                                   Mr. Edward Fitzgerald
Mr. Donald Tomlinson
Chief Scout                                                         Mr. Alexander Gibson
Chief Commissioner                                             Mr. Brian R. Christie
Training Commissioner Emeritus Mr. Robert Bartlett
Treasurer                                                            Mr. Coolidge Cartwright
Honorary Secretary                                            Ms. Inell Williams
Lay Members                                                         Mr. Fred Ramsey
Mr. Jose Vargas
Mr. Harry Reckley
Mr. Brendon Foulkes
Ms. Bernadette Godet
Scouters                                                 Mr. Richmond Smith
Mr. Cadwell Armbrister
Mrs. Revon Saunders
Mr. Timothy Cartwright
Youth Representatives                                         Mr. Cameron Saunders
Mr. Rocksen Jean-Louis
Members at Large:
Commissioner’s Staff                                           Mr. Llewellyn Burrows
Mr. Joseph Pickering
Mr. Alan Pinto
Police Representative                                          A.S.P. Mr. Stephen Dean
Public Relationship                                            Mr. Danny Sumner
Legal Advisor                                                  Scouter, Attorney Mr. Raymond Hanna

In 2012 five Scouts, Lamar Pinder, Cameron Knowles, Cameron Saunders, Gerrard Hepburn and Ron Smith received their Queen Scout Award from Governor General Sir Arthur Foulkes at Government House.

Queen Scouts Lamar Pinder and Cameron Knowles attended Queen Elizabeth 11 Diamond Jubilee Celebrations in England at Buckingham Palace in April 2012.

Also in April 2012 an Investiture Ceremony was held at Chapel on The Hill Church where 25 boys from the 51st Bahamas Scout Group, Hillcrest Academy became members of the worldwide body of scouting.

On the 5th July 2012 a Press Release from the Public Affairs Section of The American Embassy Nassau Bahamas under the caption read:
Scout Association of The Bahamas Tours USS ANZIO Naval Ship to Mark 100th Anniversary and the United States’ Independence Day
Twenty-three young members of the Scout Association of The Bahamas and 7 chaperones were invited by Captain John M. Dorey and the U.S. Embassy to celebrate the United States Independence Day on July 4th aboard the USS ANZIO docked in Nassau’s Prince George Warf. The Scout Association of The Bahamas is currently celebrating its 100th Anniversary as a way to demonstrate the unity of the global Scouting movement and illustrate the organization’s commitment to preserving nature and the environment. The naval ship visit is part of the U.S. Embassy and United States Northern Command’s (USNORTHCOM) ongoing commitment to supporting local efforts that inspire and empower Bahamian youth.
“The Scout Association of The Bahamas is doing great work to encourage young people to develop physically, intellectually, socially and spiritually through a value system based on the Scout Promise and Law – a value system shared by our own Boy Scouts of America,” explained the U.S. Embassy’s Acting Deputy Chief of Mission, John Armstrong. “This ship visit is an opportunity to wish the Scouts a Happy Centennial and recognize Scout Leaders for their commitment to investing in the future of The Bahamas.”

On 10th July 2012 members of Troop 5 from New York State, New York USA, were hosted at the Scout Headquarters, Dolphin Drive and participated in the National Independence Fun Day and Training being held at the same time.

On Sunday 15th July 2012, Sir Durward Knowles the first Commissioner of Sea Scouts along with members from the 1950’s Sea Scout Group attended church services at Ebenezer Methodist Church after which they planted a Lignum Vitae Tree (National Tree) of The Bahamas, marking the 100 anniversary celebrations of scouting in The Bahamas.

Mr. Brian R. Christie, Chief Commissioner, on 1st September 2012 appointed Mrs. Revon Saunders a Leader of the 55th Bahamas Scout Group, St. Ambrose Anglican Church to the position of Cub Scout Commissioner.

October 12th 2012, Scouts and Cubs painted the British Legion Bahamas Branch Veteran Cemetery Wall on Infant View Road as apart of their Peace Project Community Service exercise.

On the 9th November 2012, Mr. Fernley Palmer President of The Bahamas Boy’s Brigade Council was the Guest Speaker at the Annual General Meeting of The Scout Association, in attendance was executive members, commissioners, and scout leaders, also present were scouts and cubs along with their parents.

All over the world, Scouts are running projects that help people. They solve conflicts in schools by preventing bullying, lead peer educational programs, help the poor and the hungry, create solutions to environmental problems, and run countless other service projects. Messengers of Peace are the initiative that brings all of this work together. Mr. John Phillpot attended the Messengers of Peace Global Network meeting of the Caribbean in Trinidad January 18th -20th 2013, and was appointed Ambassador of The Bahamas.

On the 16th February 2013 Cubs and Scouts Leaders assisted with the registration of participants for the One Bahamas Foundation, Unity Fun Run Walk at Epworth Hall, Ebenezer Methodist Church.

Saturday 23rd February 2013, Cub Scouts, Scouts, Leaders, and Parents participated in the One Bahamas Foundation, Unity Fun Run Walk which began at Arawak Cay, Nassau, and proceeded through the streets of Cable Beach. The exercise saw the Scout Association displaying a tent of scouting paraphernalia’s, distribution of essential supplies and manning key relevant stations along the approved route.

The 17th March 2013, the Scout Association of The Bahamas marked its 100th anniversary celebrations with the attendance of Church Service at Ebenezer Methodist Church in the historical eastern community of Nassau. The Association took note that the first religious organization to establish a “scout troop” in The Bahamas was the Methodist, and thought it fitting to mark the occasion by attending a Methodist Church in a community which has sustained the presence of scouting throughout these many years.