official welcome guard of honor

Guard of Honor Mounted for Invited Guest, Senior Patrol Leader escorting Bertha Estrella Garcia, Group Scout Leader, Chetumal Grupo Uno, Ricardo Ceballos, Caminantes Scout Leader and Martin Palma, Group Scout Leader San Benito Poite Scout Group.

June14, 2013 was a historic day for the village of San Benito Poite in the Toledo District as 15 Scouts, 4 Venture Scouts and 3 Adult Leaders made their Scout Promise in front of the entire village of Poite.



For us from Belize City, our journey started at 4:15 a.m. on the morning of June 14.  The Belize group of 4 members included National Scout Executive, Hilberto B. Riverol and Cub Scout Leader from the 6th Corozal Methodist Scout Group, Sayuri Quan.  Accompanying the Belize leaders were Bertha Estrella Garcia and Ricardo Ceballos members of the Grupo 1 Chetumal Quintana Roo Scout Group.


The Belize group arrived at 10:10 a.m. in Poite, this was after missing the junction to Poite and reaching all the way to Corazon Creek.  Never the less, we arrived in time for the official program.

 invited guest

Invited Guests as they arrived to withness the swearing in of the newest members of

            Scouting Worldwide, including Village Alcalde Pablo Makin 

                                      and Chairman Santiago Makin


 By now Scouts and the entire village and student body had gathered to witness the official installation on the new Scout Unit in this remote village down south.

 raising of the belize flag during the playing of the belize national anthem

         Venture Scouts raising the Belize & Scout flags as the

                          National Anthem was being played


And so it was that the official ceremony was called to order by the Master of Ceremony Michael Cus.  The National Anthem was played and the Belize flag was raised along with the Scout flag.  This was closely followed by the opening prayer said by Thomas Teck.


The official welcome address was delivered by village Chairman Santiago Makin followed by an address by village Alcalde Pablo Makin.

 san beito poite village alcalde addressing the gathering

San Benito Poite Village Alcalde, Pablo Makin addressing the gathering


In case you were wondering at the beginning why our Mexican brother and sister Scouts had travelled this far to attend the ceremony now you will know, it was at this point that Group Scout Leader, Bertha Estrella Garcia made an official presentation of the Unit scarves to Scout leader Martin Palma.  It was back in the month of March when Martin and Bertha met that they spoke about the investiture and was at this point Bertha made the commitment to donate the scarves to the Unit at their investiture.

 group scout leader from chetumal bertha estrella garcia presenting unit scarf to scout leader martin palma

Group Scout Leader Bertha Estrella Garcia from Grupo Uno de Chetumal

    presenting Unit scarve to Group Scout Leader Martin Palma


The investiture of the Scout leaders followed and as the new Leaders smartly marched in front of the gathering and special invited guest, they were asked if they wanted to become Scouts to which the smartly and clearly replied, YES SIR!!!  Then they made their Scout Promise as follows:

 scout leaders affirming the scout promise

         Scout Leaders Elio Coc & Estevan Teck affirming the Scout Promise

I promise to do my best, to love GOD, serve my country, work for peace and be true to the Scout Law.


The world membership badge was then presented to each leader and then the Unit scarves were placed on them.

venture scouts were second to accept the scout promise and law

     Venture Scouts were second in line to make their Scout Promise 

Similarly, the Venture Scouts followed through the same procedure and the parents were invited to place the scarves on their children as a sign of their support and believe in the Scout program which builds sound character and strong values thereby contributing to better citizens in our communities thus creating a better world.

The Scouts followed suit and similarly, said their Scout promise and were presented with their badges and scarves.

 leaders officially welcoming the new scouts into the worldwide brotherhood of scouting

              Scout Leaders officially welcoming Scouts into the

                        Worldwide Brotherhood of Scouting


After all the members were invested and welcomed into Scouting, awards were presented to members who qualified as Chaplain Aid, Pioneering and for Commitment to Scouting.

 hugs of congratulations by parents to the newly sworn scouts

     Hugs and congratulations by parents to the newly sworn in Scouts


As for some entertainment, a group of students performed a cultural dance which was followed by a speech by a parent, Pedro Teck.

 cultural dance presentation by village girls

              Cultural Dance presented by Primary School girls


All good thing must come to an end and so it was that Scout Leader Martin Palma delivered the vote of thanks but not before reading a letter from Sir Colville N. Young, Governor-General of Belize in which he expresses his thanks for the invitation to attend the Investiture Ceremony but regrets that due to his crowded calendar of appointments he was unable to attend.  He however, conveyed warm congratulations and best wishes to all the new members of this important institution of Scouting.


To close off the program, everyone present was invited to join the festive mood with a lunch of CALDO which I am sure, everyone thourghly enjoyed.

 members of the 12th toledo san benito poite scout unit and invited guests

         Members of the 12th Toledo San Benito Poite Scout Group and Invited Guests

CONGRATULATIONS to the 12th Toledo San Benito Poite Scout Group for this historic achievement.