The Scout Association of Belize exists by virtue of the Scout Association of Belize Act, 1987 passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate of Belize and assented to by the Governor General of Belize on January 25, 1988. Prior to that date, on December 15, 1987, having complied with the requirements of the Constitution of the World Organization of the Scout Movement , the World Scout Committee granted recognition to the Scout Association of Belize as a member organization and so registered the Association with the World Scout Bureau. On September 18, 1988 the Inter American Scout Committee certified The Scout Association of Belize as a member organization of the Inter American Conference.
The Association is headed by the National Scout Council which is made up of a wide number of representatives of organizations representing the interests of Belizean youth and other relevant interests. This includes the Girl Guide Association, The Red Cross of Belize, The Young Women's Christian Association ( YWCA) , The Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) Rotary, Rotaract, Lions, Leos, Youth Conservation corps, Religious denominations, as well as any citizen who wishes to contribute to the development of youth , etc. In addition to the above the appointed members to the Council includes the uniform members of the Association, namely the various commissioner who have been warranted over the years.
At the annual general meeting of the council, the members present elect the executive committee through the election process. This executive committee is responsible for the operational management of the Association for one year.
The aim of the Association is to encourage the physical, mental, and spiritual development of young people so that they may take a constructive place in society. The method of achieving this aim is by providing an enjoyable and attractive plan of progressive training based on the Scout Promise and Law and guided be adult leadership.
The Scout Association of Belize is the largest youth organization in the country, and is presently serving both the male as well as the female population.
Strategic plans over the years have created innumerable thrusts to increase the member ship in order to increase the impact at youth level. From 1984 - 1988 membership increased from 400 - 1000. From 1990 to 1995 membership increased from 1000 to 1500. This increase in membership was from Corozal to Punta Gorda and from the islands of San Pedro and Caye Caulker to Benque Viejo del Carmen, including many rural areas. This expansion program included the inclusion of female members as well as the addition of the beaver colony which includes youths with ages from 6 - 8 years old.
The strategic thrust for 1996 - 2002 is to target at least 10% of the youth population which is approximately 7.000 youths, with a major emphasis on the youth at the Scout age being 11 - 16. This area is the one that has had the least growth.It was clearly seen that the Association could no longer continue to operate using the traditional methods of the past. Change was necessary, and of vital importance was a major injection of funds into the Association that would enable the efforts to be directed at the youth program instead of concentrated at sustaining funding for operational purposes. For this reason the concept of the Endowment fund was born at the last Strategic Planning Retreat of the Association in 1994.
The Scouts Endowment Fund is a trust fund that intends to raise approximately US$5.0 Million to support a major expansion program from 1500 Scouts in 1996 to 7.000 by the year 2002. This expansion will include expansion of the Camp Oakley site, building a new headquarters building in Belize city ( land is already available), and developing new camp sites in Dangriga, San Pedro and in the North.
This money will not be used for normal operations but rather will be placed in a trust fund from which only the interest will be withdrawn to help maintain the operations of the Association . The interest money will be used to recruit more professional scouts to push the program further and provide support in the effort to increase the number of leaders and scouts. Presently there is a very large volunteer element who spend more time raising funds than pushing the program, and the Association would like to change that.
There are two fund raising aspects. The Endowment fund accepts monies in excess of US500. and this money will not be spent, but will be added on to the principal. Amounts of less than $500.00US will be applied to the Sustained Membership Enrollment fund, which will assist in supporting the operating expenses of the Association that presently has a budget of approximately US$50.000 per annum.
|For purposes of establishing this trust fund, a new trust committee was formed headed by leading members of the society who will are committed to assist this effort. the members are as follows: The patron of the fund is His Excellency Dr. Colville Young, Governor General of Belize, and the Chairman of the Trust fund is Mr. John Searle. Other Trustees are: Mr. Edward Musa Sr.,(Co-Chairman),Mr. Glen Godfrey ( Secretary), Rodwell Williams, ( Asst. Secretary), Dr. Carla Barnett ( Treasurer), Arquel Lizama, Abel Lopez, James Murphy, M. Efrain Martin, Stuart Khron, Beatriz A Robateau, Robert Bennett (President - Consortium of Belize) , Keith M. Goldson, Luis A Swasey, Dr. Jorge A. Polanco, Albert Moore, William H. Bowman, Karl Ayres, Julian Castillo ( Chief Scout).||
Persons requiring more information on the Endowment Fund can request information by sending email to email@example.com, or writing the Scout Association of Belize, P. O. Box 431, Civic Center, Belize City, Belize. This is one way to help Belizeans build a better Belize by investing in the youth to take a constructive role in society in the future.
|The Scout Association of Belize
Contact Person - Hilberto Riverol
The City Center
P. O. Box 213
Belize, Central America
Tel: (501) 227-2168
Fax: (501) 227-7874
© 2002 NATURALIGHT Productions