I Promise to do my best
Serve my country
And be true to the Scout Law
Patrol of Scouts Voluntarily Making their Committment
The Scout Promise is a voluntary commitment made by a young person whenever he or she decides that they are ready to make such a commitment. Through the Promise we make a commitment to be the best we can be. Our first commitment is to God and then to our country and to peace. We also promise to make the Scout Law an integral part of our life, thus, making the Promise is a very important moment in the life of a Scout. The words in the Promise are simple and set out the commitment in a way that a young person might say it naturally.
Parental Support is Key at the Point of Making the Promise
Scouting is growing in Belize, and more young people on a daily basis want to join the Scouts. But a lack of leadership in many instances prevents these young people from becoming Scouts. One direction the Association has leaned towards is the establishment of Scout Units at primary schools. With the endorsement and support of the Ministry of Education the Primary Education Scout program continues to grow. This program, which was piloted back in 1999 and officially endorsed by the Ministry in 2004, continues to have the full support of the Ministry of Education.
And so it is that on April 15, 2010 twenty-one new members from the Trial Farm Government School joined the Scout Movement.
Parents & Students Gathered for Special Celebration
It was indeed a time to celebrate as the whole school and parents alike assembled to witness the newest members in Scouting voluntarily make a life-time commitment to oneself, to others and to God.
The program got underway with the official welcome address delivered by the Principal of the school Mrs. Nazira Romero who welcomed everyone present including the Deputy Prime Minister Hon. Gaspar Vega and the General Manager of Government Schools Rev. Dr. Rudolph Anthony.
Principal Nazira Romero Delivering the Welcome Address
The Investiture Ceremony followed and Field Scout Executive Orlando Garcia first invested the Leaders of the Scout Unit. The Leaders then took over the program and invited the Scouts to make their Scout Promise in front of their parents and invited guests.
Orlando Garcia Conducting Investiture of Adult Volunteers
President of The Scout Association Ramiro Duran delivered the key note address. He spoke about his days as a Scout and how Scouting has contributed towards the development of many outstanding citizens in Belize and the world in general. He also asked the Scouts to do their best to live up to the Scout Promise and Law and reminded them that now as Scouts people in their communities will be looking at them to set the example and be good role models.
General Manager for Government Schools Rev. Dr. Rudolph Anthony also delivered an address. He said that he was a Scout when he was growing up and that the values inculcated during his active years as a Scout remain part of his life commitment. The good news though came as a surprise to the student body and teachers alike as the Rev. Dr. announced that he was granting a half-day off from school to everyone.
Rev. Dr. Rudolph Anthony, General Manager of Government Schools
Hon. Gaspar Vega, Deputy Prime Minister, also delivered an address in which he congratulated the school administration for supporting the Primary Education Scout Program at Trial Farm Government School and the new members of Scouting, challenging them to be exemplary role models in their communities.
Hon. Gaspar Vega, Deputy Prime Minister of Belize Delivering Address
Following the congratulatory addresses, Hilberto Riverol, National Scout Executive, assisted by President Duran presented the Certificate of Registration to Principal Nazira Romero and the Leaders Warrants to the adult volunteers of the Scout Unit.
President Ramiro Duran Presenting Warrant Certificates to Leaders
Congratulations to the newest members of the Scouting family in Belize!