patrol leaders as they prepare to start hiking to camp oakley

        Patrol Leaders as they prepare to hike to Camp Oakley

The Scout Association of Belize engaged 44 participants in a Unit Council Course, Part I for Patrol Leaders this past weekend at their national camping and training grounds, Camp Oakley in Burrell Boom, Belize District.


From February 8 - 10, 2013, 44 participants from the Belize and Cayo Districts attended a training course for Patrol Leaders.  On Friday a total of 64 volunteer Leaders and Scouts hiked from the Methodist School to the Camp Oakley grounds.  They were there to receive training on being good and exemplary Patrol and Assistant Patrol Leaders.

 swearing in of first group of elected patrol leaders

             Swearing in of first group of Patrol Leaders

This is a two-part training and in order for them to be awarded their certificate and trained emblem they must attend the second part of the training which will be held in March 2013.

 session on the progress stages and proficiency badges

        Session on the progress stages and proficiency badges

The Course was designed to give first-hand experience in the areas of profile and responsibilities of a Patrol Leader and included sessions on the management of a Patrol, the Scout Method, the Scout Unit, record-keeping, the progress training stages and proficiency badges and the Unit Council and Group Life.  A short presentation on the Messengers of Peace program was presented by President of the Association, Roberto Harrison.  In between sessions, Scouting educational games were played which were fun and enjoyed by everyone.

 president roberto harrison visited camp

           President Roberto Harrison chatting with some Scouts

The Course was held under the theme: “Youth Leaders Promoting Peace in our Society.”

Director of Program, Nephtali Palma was the person in charge of the Unit Council training and was supported by National Cub Scout Commissioner Marilyn Dawson, Field Executive Ricardo Alcoser, Group Scout Leader Cecilia Flowers, Director of Education Jersha Lennan, Venture Scout Phaedra Mohammedali and many other Leaders and Venture Scouts formed part of the staff at the Course.

 parrticipants at the unit council course 2013 part i

   Participants and Trainers at the Unit Council Course 2013 Pqrt I

Each year the Scouts look forward to these training and the Scout Association encourages them to continue working hard to be trained so that they can be effective leaders not only in their Scout Units but also in their communities.


The training was made possible through a minimal fee paid by the participants and a small grant received from the Belize Scout Endowment Foundation.