Gilwellians met at Camp Oakley on October 5 & 6, 2013 for
the 12th Gilwell Reunion 2013
Lord Baden-Powell organized and ran the first training course for
adult Leaders in Scouting at Gilwell Park in England in 1919.
At the end of the course, to celebrate the fellowship of Scouting,
he invested the Scouters as members of the first Gilwell Park
Troop by presenting them with two each from a set of Zulu
beads he had received as a gift when he was in Africa.
The tradition has continued to this day around the world.
Today, Scouters who complete their Woodbadge Training are
given “two wooden beads”. These are the mark of an
individual who has invested time and effort in training.
Woodbadge reciepients at Gilwell Reunion 2013
Each year, Gilwell Reunions are held worldwide as an opportunity for those who have completed their Woodbadge (aka Gilwellians) to meet together again.
And so it is that over the weekend of October 5 & 6, 2013, Woodbadgers from Belize and Chetumal gathered at Camp Oakley in Burrell Boom to celebrate the 12th Reunion of Gilwellians.
At the opening ceremony in Gilwell Formation
The official program started with the raising of the Belize flag and other Scout flags, singing of the national anthem, prayer and singing the Gilwell song “Back to Gilwell”.
The official business of the meeting followed at which time Ms. Jersha Lennan, Director of Education delivered the welcome address. Chief Scout Leonides Cuellar also delivered an address followed by the President, Roberto Harrison.
Official meeting of the 1st Gilwell Park Scout Group
A brief but concise report on training followed which was delivered by Director Lennan. She reported that training will continue to be a priority and each adult leader needs to be trained. Training courses starting with Information and two basic courses will be reviewed and adjusted to better facilitate leaders in utilizing the Scout Method. Specialty courses for leaders to properly use the training manuals is also a top priority and courses for trainers Level I and II will be looked at for future training. All this will remain in focus with the international training and guidelines from the Regional office and for this to be effective we are appointing a new Training Commissioner and team members as follows:
Viviannie Teul - National Training Commissioner
Jersha Lennan - Team member
Roberto Harrison - Team member
Armando Aban - Team member
Nephtali Palma - Team member
Roberto Lopez - Team member
Hilberto B. Riverol - Team member
Wood Badge Awards were then presented to the following Leaders:
Carlos Itzab - Cub Scout Section, 6th Corozal Methodist
Lisa Gideon - Cub Scout Section, 14th Belize Sandhill
Lucia Cituk - Cub Scout Section, 13th Corozal St. Francis Xavier
Claudia Groutsche - Administration, Field/Public Relations Executive
Brenda Hall - Cub Scout Section, 10th Corozal Ranchito
John Carrillo - Administration, National Badge Commissioner
Jaialai Dawson - Scout Section, 28th Belize Ebenezer
Jermaine Santos - Cub Scout Section, 11th Belize St. Martins
Gilwellians proudly showing off certificates
Other awards for service were presented to qualifying Leader as follows:
Roberto Harrison - The Silver Acorn for further distinguished service
Jose Riverol - Long Service Decoration
Emmanuel Gonzalez - Chief Scout Commendation for Good Service
Valdomir Catzim - Chief Scout Commendation for Good Service
Jose Riverol receiving the Long Service Decoration from Chief Scout Cuellar
In the afternoon, Gilwellians mounted exhibitions showing off their collection of badges, pins, stamps, artwork, shot glasses etc. This was also a time to share and give away or trade items of interest.
Displaying collectables during the Reunion
The night gave an opportunity to the woodbadgers to be served a three course meal prepared by three and four beaders, followed by Karaoke and dancing.
The following morning, a special Scouts Own was prepared by Gilwellian Lisa Gideon who recently received the Religious Award. This was a time for prayer and meditation. Immediately following Scouts Own, Gilwellians gathered in a circle for the singing of the farewell song, “Auld Lang Syne” which brought the 12th Reunion to a close.
A time to say goodbye