Cub Scout Mark Anthony Emmett has become the youngest ever recipient of the Salvador Baldacchino Award presented by the Scout Movement locally. The nine year old received the award, presented annually in memorial of Assistant Commissioner Salvador Baldacchino, on Founders and Thinking Day on Saturday at the Tercentenary Hall.
Founders and Thinking Day held by the Scouts Association (Gibraltar Branch) and Girlguiding Gibraltar saw members from both associations gather for this special annual celebration where they once again renewed their promises. With over 650 members from both associations the promise was led by the Scouts Commissioner Mark Rodriquez and Guide Commissioner Marie Bocarisa.
The event was attended by the Governor and Chief Scout of Gibraltar Lieutenant General Ed Davis and Mrs Davis, Government Ministers Dr John Cortes and Samantha Sacramento, and Opposition member Edwin Reyes and other local dignitaries.
It was the Governor who presented the award to Mark Anthony Emmett for having shown his unselfish nature and dedication at such a young age and for remaining true to his Cub Scout Promise when he “thinks of others before himself”. Anthony was also recently recognised by Diabetes Gibraltar for “being a superhero to his mum”, who not only is diabetic but visually impaired.
Girlguiding Gibraltar also presented a Leader Qualification award to Lili Mae Cruz who has been working in a Brownie group for the past year planning programmes and delivering them as part of her training.
Addressing the young membership the Governor congratulated them on another successful year.
He spoke of their dedication in helping to change lives and making our community so much stronger.
This year’s theme of leadership he emphasised was very important.
“Leadership is about how you think. You think about other people, you think about not taking the easy solution and about making a difference for everybody. This is what today is all about,” he said thanking all the leaders who give of their time to both movements.
Without the selfless dedication, inspiring example and relentless hard work of the volunteer leaders, he said, there would not be a scouting and girl guiding family in Gibraltar.
“It is down to you and you should be congratulated.”