Led by flag-bearers, a group of Scouts and Girl Guides of all ages marched from the church grounds to a nearby section and back again, led by three enthusiastic drummers. The Guides were led by Tatari Mitchell and Peggy Turua.
Scout leader Benjamin Maxwell said similar monthly parades had been held at all Catholic churches around Rarotonga to celebrate and promote the Year of the Youth, and the Arorangi event was the last.
He said the Scout and Girl Guide parade initiative had started in 2017, the Year of the Church and had been received well by the Catholic churches around the island.
“We decided to continue this year to try and reconnect our youth to Jesus Christ through our uniformed organisation, while at the same time encouraging our youth in other churches to come back to church or join (Scouts or Girl Guides), to live and rejoice in the goodness of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Maxwell said the St Joseph’s Scout Troop had members from all four Catholic churches on Rarotonga and from other church denominations on the island.
“I would like to let everyone know that we are not a Catholic-only organisation.
“We are open to all boys interested in doing or learning about Scouting, no matter your colour or religious belief etc.
“It is for all young boys wanting to learn scouting.”