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Grenada will host the 10th Caribbean Cuboree under the theme "Cubs in Spice , Expanding Horizons" from July 20-27, that's according to President of the Scout Association of Grenada Nigel John.

He told reporters at a news conference held at the Scout Secretariat on Scott Street Monday that, they are expecting about 1500 cubs as well as 500 leaders for the one week event.

John disclosed that the venue for the Cuboree is the Educational Complex which comprises schools such as the Grenada Boys Secondary School (GBSS), Anglican High School (AHS) and the TA. Marryshow Community College (TAMCC) in Tanteen St. George's.

He is optimistic that this year's event will be even bigger than the one which took place in Barbados three years ago. The Caribbean Cuboree is held in a different member territory every three years and it aim is to bring together young people ages 7to 12 for social and educational interaction.

Delegations are scheduled to arrive in Grenada during the 18 and 19 July for the formal opening ceremony on the 20.
John disclosed that His Excellency,the Governor General Sir. Daniel Williams who is the Chief Scout, as well as Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell and an official from the Ministry of Youth Affairs are expected to make remarks at the opening.

The President of the Scout Association pointed out that the activities will be fun filled as well as educational and he expressed the hope that the public will participate to make the event a successful one for the young people.

Activities include cruises, beach outings, creative expressions, camp fires as well as island tours. John also spoke of a major event during the Cuboree dubbed "kulture share" where participants from each territory are expected to display their own culture.

The cubs will be broken up into four groups named after former scouters and some of the chief expert crops in Grenada. There will be the Winston Slocombe/Mace Sub Camp, Willie Redhead/Nutmeg Sub Camp, Val Francis/Clove Sub Camp and the Leslie Pierre/Cinnamon Sub Camp.

Deputy Chief Commissioner Isaac Baghwan said that the necessary structures are in place to ensure Grenada's celebration is the best in the region.

He disclosed that the movement has since received confirmation from 900 persons so far representing packs from Trinidad, Barbados, Jamaica, Guadeloupe and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
The Deputy Chief Commissioner believes there is a need for additional support in terms of logistics from the business community in Grenada as it relates to the success of the event.
The Movement is also looking for assistance from the community for its Home Hospitality Day Programme.

According to Baghwan, how this programme will work is that each family will be asked to allow two cubs to take up temporary residence for the day at their home where they will be provided for.

Persons interested in being part of the Hospitality Day Programme can contact the Scout Secretariat on Scott Street or the Rotary Club in St. George's. He also gave assurances that the Cuboree will not only focus on the social aspect of things.

He said that the cubs on completion of the camp must be versed in the history of the country in order to participate and compete for the "Spice Isle Award".

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