Benjamin Mensah, GNA
Accra, Dec. 2, GNA - Mr Sam Seth Wood, a private legal practitioner, and a retired occupational therapist, was at the week-end invested as the new Chief Scout in Ghana, with a six year term of office, running from 2020-2025.
“There shall be a Chief Scout of the Association who shall be appointed by the National Scout Council from among its members after nomination by the National Board. The Term of Office of the Chief Scout, shall be six years,” Mr Louis Anopong Okyere, the Chief Commissioner of the Ghana Scouts Association, said in a keynote address at the investiture ceremony held at the Baiden Powell Hall, in Accra.
Mr Okyere said the level that scouting has reached requires that “we use the rule of law to work in all our administrative endeavours without that there will always be chaos and anarchy in this association.”
He expressed worry that the Ghana Scout Association (GSA) has suffered a lot of challenges in the past and recalled a situation where scouts took into the law into their own hands on allegations of embezzlement of funds by the leadership of the Association.
He condemned the acts of indiscipline and prayed that they should never happen again.
“I repeat never again should such rude behavior occur again in scouting,” Mr Okyere said.
He urged members of the Association to use the appropriate grievance procedures to bring issues of concern before the leadership for redress. “I strongly believe there can be no issue that cannot be solved through dialogue," Mr Okyere said.
Mr Okyere congratulated Mr Wood on accepting to become the Chief Scout of the Association, and gave the assurance that the National Executive Council would work assiduously to support him to succeed.
Mr Victor Atipagah, Chairman of the Nairobi based Africa Scout Committee, stressed the need for scouts to be united.
He urged the GSA to move and mobilise more youth into scouting to increase their membership.
Madam Jemima Nartey, Vice Chair, World Scout Committee, in a solidarity message underscored the need for scout to continue to impact positively on society and urged the executive of the Association to start looking for projects that would make scouting relevant to the society.
"We are too silent; we need to be screaming in terms of positive impact. You should use the strategic positions you hold to move things forward," Madam Nartey said.
Mr Zakia Abdul Wahab, Chief Commissioner of Ghana Girls Guide Association, urged scouts to hold on to the passion that has brought them far, stressing that discipline, good character, proper structures working together would enrich their values.
She said they must protect the rights of woman, children and the vulnerable.
Mr Wood thanked the Association for the confidence reposed in him and pledged to work hard to enhance the image of scouting in the country.
The Ghana Scout Association was established in 1912, had its charter in 1914, and became a member of World Organisation of Scout Movement, with the main purpose of contributing to the development of the youth in becoming responsible adult citizens in Ghana.
The profile of Mr Wood, made available by the Ghana Scouts Association to the Ghana News Agency (GNA), has it that Mr Wood is a private Legal Practitioner and a member of the Ghana Bar Association.
He heads a law firm called Faith Chambers.
Mr Wood formerly worked with the Ghana Health Service as a Rehabilitation Specialist and retired as the Chief Occupational Therapist with the Ministry of Health. He is a member of British Association of Occupational Therapists.
Mr Wood holds a Master of Science Degree from the University of Southampton, UK and a Bachelor in Occupational Therapy from the University of Alberta, Canada.
He holds a Diploma in Journalism from McMillan School of Journalism.
Married for 50 years, Mr Wood has three children and seven grandchildren.
He is an Anglican and an old student of St Augustine's College, Cape Coast.
His hobbies are painting, reading and scouting.
Mr Wood’s father is reported to be have been the one who first brought scouting to Ghana.