The day was hot and humid and in some instances there was the rain, but despite the hot weather and occasional shower, Scouts came out on June 5 Environment Day 2011 to make a difference in our environment.  Along with their Leaders, after a brief ceremony marking the occasion, they crammed up in four vehicles and headed for Camp Oakley, the national training and camping grounds of the Scouts of Belize.

 after brief ceremony cub scouts receive mahogany seedlings for planting

  After Brief Ceremony Cub Scouts Receive Mahogany Seedlings

Once at Oakley, the Scouts got busy planting mahogany seedlings, 100 to be exact.  This environmental gesture by the Scouts had two objectives: the first was commemorating World Environment Day; the second objective was in celebration of 100 years of Scouting in Belize, one tree for every year that Scouting has existed in Belize.

 cub scouts in position and ready to plant seedlings

Cub Scouts in Position and Ready to Plant Mahogany Seedlings

This activity, among others that will be held during the next three months, is spearheaded by The Scout Association of Belize and has the support from UNICEF.

unicef representative ana hoare visiting during the planting process

UNICEF Representative Ana Hoare Visiting During Planting of Seedlings

The other activities will include cleaning the river-ways and coastline, reducing, reusing and recycling materials to create awareness about the importance of a healthy environment and a special environmental workshop for adult Scout Leaders.

this was easy maybe i get to plant another one okay boys start digging

This Was Easy, Each Young Person Should Do This           Okay Boys, Start Digging

World Environment Day was first celebrated in 1972 and is now considered one of the main vehicles through which the United Nations promotes worldwide awareness of the environment and encourages social and political attention followed by concrete actions.

 the final touch

The Final Touch, And Proud of Doing my Duty to the Environment

Through celebration of this event, The Scout Association of Belize and UNICEF aim at creating greater awareness in recognizing the rights of children and families to a healthy environment.  In addition, the program will enable all those participating in the activities to realize not only their responsibility, but also their power to become agents for change in support of sustainable and equitable development.

 

The Scout Association congratulates all the Scouts who participated in World Environment Day 2011 activities.

 

For information on how any young person or adult can get involved in this four month project you can contact The Scout Association at tel: 227-2168 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

The World Conservation badge and a certificate will be awarded to all participants during a planned ceremony at the end of the project.