An official ceremony to recognize the achievements of 21-year old Venture Scout Fernando Oliva was held on Friday March 25, 2011 at the Holy Redeemer Parish Hall in Belize City.
Venture Scout Fernando Oliva
The Queen’s Scout Award, known under other names worldwide, was awarded to Fernando and presented to him by the Honorable Sir Colville N. Young, Governor-General of Belize. The Queen’s Scout Award is the highest youth award in Scouting.
Governor-General Sir Colville Young Greeted by Chief Scout Dr. Erasmo Franklin
The award is earned by working in five areas:
1) Outdoors and environment; 2) Community involvement; 3) Relationship with others; 4) International dimensions, which include attending camps and learning about other cultures and; 5) Design for living, which entails setting goals for lifetime careers and working towards those goals.
In his congratulatory message to Fernando, Hilberto B. Riverol, National Scout Executive for The Scout Association, reminded him that becoming a Scout is a choice made of one’s free will and by so doing a person accepts to live his or her life by a code of conduct that every Scout around the world daily lives by. In so doing, one becomes a member of the largest Movement of young people worldwide. He concluded by saying that receiving the Queen’s Scout Award is not the end, but the continuation of the road that Queen’s Scouts have chosen.
While presenting the award to Venture Scout Fernando Oliva, Sir Colville Young had a message read as follows: “As a Queen’s Scout you have prepared yourself for service to God and other people, you have shown yourself a worthy member of the worldwide Scout Movement. I wish you Godspeed on your journey through life: May it prove for you a joyous adventure.” As the official representative of Her Majesty the Queen of England, I Sir Colville Young, Governor-General of Belize, present you with the Queen’s Scout Award.”
Hon. Sir Colville Young, Presenting Award & Certificate
A part of the ceremony also included a testimonial given by the honoree. He recalled joining Scouting as a young boy at the encouragement of his aunt. This was the beginning of a long-lasting continuous experience, learning about the outdoors and caring for nature, making new friends both at home and abroad, developing valuable skills and learning about other cultures, both locally and internationally. “The values and principles of Scouting have contributed in making me a better person and has prepared me for the future”, he remarked. He thanked many individuals who steered the course and helped him to reach this milestone. In particular he thanked Mr. Luigi Heredia, past Scout Leader for the 9th Belize St. Ignatius Scout Group, Fr. Noel Leslie the Sponsor of the Group, Mr. Hilberto B. Riverol, National Scout Executive, and the Sisters of Mercy for their invaluable support.
Queen's Scout Fernando Oliva with Vicky Burgos & Nicholas Ruiz also Queen's Scouts
Fernando attended primary school at St. Joseph School and graduated from Anglican Cathedral College in 2009. He is currently enrolled as a Civil and Building Engineering student at the University of Belize.
Venture Scouts Chatting with Hon. Carlos Perdomo, Minister of Defence
According to Hilberto Riverol, National Scout Executive of the Association, there are nine other Belizeans who have been honored with the Queen’s Scout Award.