November 25, 2017
The Belize Scout Endowment Foundation has a new Chairman. Dr. Rene Villanueva took over the chairmanship from J. Julian Castillo who was the Chairman of the Foundation since May of 2005.
The Foundation was established on December 19, 1996 and had as its first Chairman Mr. John M. Searle. It was established at the request of the National Scout Assembly of The Scout Association of Belize and registered with the Government of Belize. Governor-General Sir Colville N. Young has been the Patron of the Foundation since its inception.
It is a separate incorporated body from The Scout Association of Belize whose purpose is to raise, invest and administer funds for use in any special Scouting purpose or project anywhere in Belize, which is not within the field of normal day-to-day operations.
More specifically, the interest of the Fund is used to support the membership expansion program, the improvement of Camp Oakley - the training and camping grounds of the Association; the training of volunteer adult Leaders; the implementation of national programs; subsidy of uniforms to needy Scouts and scholarships to attend camps, both locally and internationally.
Scouting is a non-formal educational Movement that provides through volunteer adult leadership programs designed to be exciting, fun-filled, challenging, educational and to instill a positive influence on the character of the participating young people. It builds character (values and principles for living in harmony), promotes citizenship (pride in history, respect for our national symbols, service to others and respect and care for the environment), develops fitness and a sense of respect (social respect, physical capabilities, and moral values).
Since its establishment, the Foundation has been a source of financial strength to the Scout Association, providing funding towards the subsidy of camps, training of adult volunteers, up-grade of Camp Oakley - the national training and camping grounds of the Association, subsidy of Scout uniforms at an overall reduced cost, subsidy of training manuals for Scouts and adults, among others.
We express our sincere thanks to outgoing Chairman J. Julian Castillo for his dedication and commitment towards the improvement and development of Scouting in Belize. This thanks is extended to all the Directors of the Foundation who have provided their unwavering support to Mr. Castillo since 2005. Thanks also to Governor-General Sir Colville N. Young for his unwavering support.
We welcome Dr. Rene Villanueva as the new Chairman and his team of Directors as they prepare to continue the excellent work that was established by both Mr. John M. Searle and Mr. J. Julian Castillo.
Director of the Foundation are: Dr. Rene Villanueva - Chairman, Mr. J. Julian Castillo - Chairman Emeritus, Mr. Eduard N. Musa Sr. - Vice-Chairman, Mr. Martin Marshalleck - Treasurer, Mr. Ryan Wroble - Secretary, Mr. John M. Searle, Mr. Rodwell Williams, Mrs. Sandra Bedran, Mr. Patrick Andrews, Mr. Omar Habet, Dr. Erasmo Franklin, Ex-Officio: Captain Eric Neal and Mr. Hilberto B. Riverol.