The Plaza del Hermano Ramón, inside the Town Hall of La Laguna, yesterday celebrated Scout Values Day, an act of institutional homage to a movement with a long tradition and important representation in the municipality, one of the most outstanding on the Island , and that has the endorsement of a plenary agreement of all municipal groups to recognize the promotion of social values and volunteering among children and adolescents in the municipality.
Members of the scout groups Aguere, with 54 years of history, and Atamán, with another 35, read the joint manifesto for this day, in which the scout flag waved throughout the day and which had the support of councilors from all the political formations of the Corporation. In addition, this event became a meeting place for the new groups created recently and a space to recover and promote activity after two years of the pandemic.
The councilor for Social Welfare and first deputy mayor, Rubens Ascanio, welcomed the attendees and highlighted the important impact of the scout movement in the municipality since 1914, “boys and girls, adolescents who set an example for the whole of society ”. “A healthy, healthy and active youth that participates and collaborates, and that, in an individualistic and hedonistic society, is committed to generating community, defending collaboration and volunteering and promoting activities that have to do with the defense of values as important as social justice, defense of the environment, solidarity or equality. Aspects that seem so contemporary to us and that, however, this movement has been defending for more than a century”, he added.
Young members of the aforementioned local groups, who have welcomed thousands of boys, girls and young people from La Laguna during its history, read the manifesto on the day that celebrates 165 years since the birth of the founder of the scouts in 1907, Baden Powell. In their speech, they recalled that this is “a peace movement, which is above race, religion and political options; a great school of citizenship and leadership, which is sorely lacking in our society and in which more than 40 million boys, girls and young people around the world participate”.
The contributions of these groups to municipal life “has been and continues to be rich, not only in the areas of childhood and youth, but also in different social and cultural facets, involving not only associated boys, girls and young people, but also to their families and close surroundings, creating a true dynamic of community development and promotion of volunteering to form citizens committed to society and who want to build a better world”, they recalled.