On Thursday June 21st at 10:00 a.m. the 2nd Toledo San Jose Cultural Scout Unit held its investiture ceremony for 14 young Boys. This Ceremony was a grand occasion for the Scout and their parents since it was also the inauguration of the San Jose Solar Project.
Guard of Honor Monuted by Scout Recruits as Chief Scout Elect arrives
This Dual ceremony was a first for Scouting and the community of San Jose. Other invited communities like Santa Teresa, Blue Creek and Santa Cruz were also present for this ceremony.
Young and old came out to see firsthand the Investiture Ceremony
The Scout program started promptly at 10:00 with the Guard of Honor being led by Assistant Scout Leader Village Chairman Richard Peck who passed through with the Chief Scout elect Mr. Leonides Cuellar, National Scout Executive Mr. Hilberto Riverol, Director of Operations, Mr. Randolph Johnson and Director of Education, Ms. Jersha Lennan followed by the two Area Representatives Hons. Mike Espat and Oscar Requena.
The Fox Patrol Voluntarily making the Scout Promise
Before the Scout Leader Mr. Juan Mes decided that these new Scout Recruits were ready or the big ceremony they had to prove themselves worthy. They had to know understand and accept the Scout Promise and Law. They also had to do their outdoor activity which was done at two different places and well documented by the Leaders.
Parents placing Unit scarves
The Parents also did their parts in fund raising to purchase the uniform for the Scout Recruits. In one fundraising effort they were able to collect enough funds for the uniforms.
When the day finally arrived all were eager and prepared for their ceremony. Despite the rainy weather the program continued as planned. The Scout Leader, Mr. Mes, also a recent recipient of the Woodbadge Award conducted the investiture for the 14 Scouts.
Guest speakers at this grand and joyous occasion included the Area Representative Mr. Oscar Requena and the Chief Scout elect Mr. Leonides Cuellar. Both of them spoke on the importance of having young people becoming Scouts and how it benefits not only the Scout Unit but the community as a whole. How it helps with the development of young persons into responsible and civic minded citizens and a more productive society. How it also positively influences them into a life of caring after themselves and not influenced by gangs and crime.
After the Investiture Ceremony more of the invited guests arrived for the Solar Project Inauguration which was sponsored by the European Union and implemented by Plenty Belize. The Project is intended to provide electricity to at least 25 families within a 750 yards periphery including the school and is being administered by an elected electricity board for the community.
Overall the ceremony was well attended by almost 500 community members and they were all given a tour of the Solar Project facilities. They were also invited, along with the invited guests, the traditional Caldo Dish.
The newly invested Scouts now form part of the over 30 million Scouts worldwide. They made the Scout Promise in front of the guests along with their parents, who stood behind them, making the same commitment. They then placed the maroon colored scarves around each new member. This symbplic gesture represent a new beginning of continued support to the new Scout.
Other guests at this important event included Mr. Martin Palma the Toledo District Scout Assembly Chairman and representatives from the European Union, Ministry of Economic Development, Plenty Belize and the Social Investment Fund.
Congratulations to the newly invested Scouts and “Welcome to the Worldwide Brotherhood of Scouting”.