Scout Week is celebrated every year commemorating the birthday of Lord Baden-Powell, the Founder of the Scout Movement. This year we are celebrating the week from February 22 - 28, 2010.
The theme for this year’s Scout Week is "Scouting- Preparing Youths for a Challenging Life".
Scouting was founded in England in 1907 by Lord Baden-Powell. By 1910 the program was already in Belize, then British Honduras. We have come a long way since then and as we continue to grow and as we celebrate Scout Week let us remind ourselves of two important elements in our Program, the Scout promise and Law.
On Wednesday 10th February, 2010 Belize Water Services (BWS) Limited donated 8 lifejackets to the Sea Scouts of Belize. The lifejackets were handed over by Ms. Kimberly Westby on behalf of BWS to Mr. John Oliver who received the lifejackets on behalf of the Sea Scouts.
This is the second such donation made by BWS to the Sea Scouts. The 1st Belize T.S. Merlin Sea Scout Unit was formed in 2003 with programmes that are designed to develop character and value-based leadership training. The Sea Scout Programme which mission is: "To prepare young people to make ethical choices over their lifetime by instilling in them the values of the Scout Promise and Law" is part of the National programme of The Scout Association of Belize.
Lifejackets are necessary and compulsory equipment for each Sea Scout prior to embarking any vessel whether for regular training, adventure activities or sailboat racing events, such as the race conducted on the Baron Bliss/Benefactors Day. The use of a lifejacket is an integral part of the Sea Scout Safety Afloat Programme which is in harmony with the Sea Scout Promise.
Youth Leaders Receive Training
The National Program Commission of The Scout Association conducted a Course for young leaders ages 12 through 16.The three day Course was held from January 22 - 24, 2010 at Camp Oakley, the national training and camping grounds of the Association near Burrell Boom Village.
The Course was designed to give firsthand experience to the young leaders in the area of the Scout Unit training program using the Symbolic Framework and putting it into practice, how the Patrol System operates, the Scout Method, the Law and Promise, the Scout Unit and the Educational Objectives and Educational Activities.
The Symbolic Framework for the event was “PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN”. This theme gave the participants a unique opportunity to learn the importance of planning with responsibility and working as a team.It also highlighted the concept of good versus bad gangs.
Summit of Presidents & Executive Directors of Central America
The Summit of Presidents and Executive Directors of Scout Associations in Central America was held in San Jorge Muxbal near Guatemala City on January 9, 2010.
Associations present included Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico and Panama. Also present was Ronald Castro, President of the Interamerican Scout Committee.
Activity: The National Program Commission will be conducting a Unit Council Course from January 22 - 24, 2010.
Where: Camp Oakley, the national training and camping grounds for The Scout Association of Belize in Burrell Boom Village.
Time: The Course will start at 7:00 p.m. on Friday January 22 and will conclude at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday 24.