• James Parry

Youngsters in pink protest against bullying and harassment in schools


PHOTO COURTESY EMERICH PAPP

Protesting bullying in schools and on the internet, young local Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Venturers wore pink recently at a party at St. James Anglican Church in Hudson celebrating the birthday of Scouting founder Lord Baden-Powell.

Every year, on February 22 and just like their counterparts throughout Canada, youngsters in Cavagnal (Hudson) Scouting group put on their uniforms and gather to celebrate the birthday of their founder Lord Baden-Powell. This year, some of them wore pink. And for a most praiseworthy cause.

For Wednesday February 22 just happened to coincide with what has become known as Pink Shirt Day, an initiative started by two young students in Nova Scotia in 2007 to campaign against bullying by wearing and distributing pink t-shirts to all of the boys in their high school after seeing a Grade 9 student being harassed for wearing such a coloured shirt.

Said Hudson Scout leader Stephane Hogue in an exclusive interview with Your Local Journal this week, “Bullying is a major problem that often occurs in schools, extracurricular activities, and over the internet. As members of Scouts Canada, which encourages everyone to practice kindness and acceptance, we here in Hudson wanted to show our support for the campaign this time around.”

In addition to wearing pink at the birthday party, each section of the Hudson-Cavagnal group was asked to say something about bullying. The Beavers presented an anti-bullying pledge, bearing their handprints. The Cubs gave out stones to remind people of the 'ripple effect' of good actions, such as holding the door open for someone.

The Scouts expressed what Scouting meant to them with words such as adventure, fun, exploration, leadership and friendship. And the Venturers talked about the 'gratitude stone', a rock they carry in their pocket to remind them, in difficult situations, to be grateful as they believe that gratitude tends to cast out fear. Or, at least, put it in proper perspective. Said Hogue, most succinctly, “What a great life lesson.” For more information on Scouting in Hudson, call Michael Doran at (450) 458-5551.

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