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Tribute to Julian Castillo

Tribute to Julian Castillo

December 13, 1946 – November 24, 2020

As we mourn the passing of a giant in Scouting “Julian Castillo”, we take a moment to reflect on his involvement and achievements in Scouting.

Before his untimely passing, Julian Castillo held key positions within The Scout Association of Belize. He was a past Scout Leader, Member of the National Executive Committee, Deputy Chief Commissioner, Chief Commissioner, Chairman of the Committee, Chief Scout and until his death was serving as Treasurer of the Belize Scout Foundation.
In 1960, Julian Castillo or Mr. Cas as he is affectionately called, joined the 1st Belize Holy Redeemer Scout Troop III when he was 14 years old. His Scout Leader was Frank Panton (deceased). He remained very active for the next two years, then moved to the 9th Belize St. Ignatius Scout Troop which was closer to where he lived. His strong leadership and dedication proved beneficial as he rose to the rank of Senior Patrol Leader. His keen interest in advancing to the highest level also proved successful, earning him numerous proficiency badges and the highest award in the Scout Section, the First Class Award. This opened the door for Julian to take up the challenging post of Troop Leader, a job he performed well until 1966 when he went to study abroad.
He returned to Belize in 1969 and it was not too long when he was appointed Scout Leader for the 1st Belize Holy Redeemer Scout Troop, the same Troop where he was a Scout. At the time of his appointment as Scout Leader, he was already serving as a member of the National Executive Committee of the National Scout Council. During the years that followed, Mr. Cas dedicated most of his spare time to upgrading and implementing an attractive Scout program and maintaining good values within the Troop. He also played a key role in implementing policies at the National level.
He remained a Scout Leader until 1974 when, because of his outstanding record of commitment and achievement at the Unit level, he was appointed Deputy Chief Commissioner – a job he also performed well with outstanding success for one year and six months. He was once again forced to break his service because he went to study abroad for the second time.
He returned to Belize in 1977 and was shortly after appointed Chief Commissioner. At the time of his appointment, Scouting in Belize was at its lowest performance with a total membership of around two hundred and fifty Scouts in the country but Mr. Cas boldly accepted the challenging task of heading the Association. Scout membership grew rapidly in the months and years that followed. This was made possible through his personal interest in visiting schools, seeking sponsors, reorganizing Units and motivating its leadership.
Under his capable management the Association also undertook a project of self-examination, evaluation and planning, and reorganization with the aim of upgrading both the quality of its services and operations based on the recognition that Scouting had an important role in the development of young people. Funding for a three-year development plan was secured and the project was implemented under his guidance. He served under the capacity of Chief Commissioner for the next six years, bringing membership to twelve hundred.
During the following years he took up other appointments as President of the Association from 1988 to 1990 and Chief Scout on January 17, 1992. He retired as Chief Scout on May 14, 2005.
Whatever appointment Mr. Cas held, he was always involved in monitoring very closely the administration of the Association. He was, and continued to be heavily involved in the area of finance, through the Belize Scout Foundation, ensuring the smooth running and continuity of the Scout program. In all of the capacities that he has served, he has done it with a strong sense of dedication and commitment.
Mr. Cas represented The Scout Association at various international events:
• Caribbean Chief Commissioners Conference in Trinidad & Tobago, August 1980
• 11th Central American Camporee in Honduras, December 1981
• Interamerican Scout Conference in the Bahamas, July 1982
• 29th World Scout Conference in Dearborn, Detroit, July 1983
• 5th Panamerican Jamboree in Jamaica, August 1985
• 15th Interamerican Scout Conference, Trinidad & Tobago, July 1986
• 31st World Scout Conference in Melbourne, Australia, January 1988
• 2nd Summit of Chief Scouts, Presidents & Executives in Guatemala, January 2003
His invaluable contribution and commitment to Scouting has left a distinguished trail of invaluable service to the Scout Movement in Belize and in recognition he received the following awards:
• April 1, 1987 – The Medal of Merit for Outstanding Service from The Scout Association of Great Britain
• May 3, 1989 – The Silver Acorn for Special Distinguished Service
• November 25, 1989 – The Wood Badge Award in Administration
• April 22, 1990 – The Chief Scout Commendation for Good Service and the Long Service Decoration
• April 23, 1995 – Bar to the Silver Acorn for Further Distinguished Service
• January 6, 1999 – Paul Harris Award from Rotary International
• May 14, 2005 – President’s Service Award
• September 2, 2012 – The Silver Wolf (the highest award in adult Scouting in Belize)
On February 20, 2006 he was awarded the Leopold “Poli” Balderamos Lifetime Achievement Scouting Award for exceptional initiative and outstanding devotion to duty in private, professional and Scouting life.
He was also an Assistant Leader Trainer.
Julian served Scouting well and we thank him for his exemplary and invaluable dedication and service. Mr. Cas, we offer you our highest respect and gratitude for giving 60 years of service to the Scout Movement in Belize. We will miss you dearly. May you rest in peace.

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November 24, 2020

That Queen’s Scout Lizette Ordonez met Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Annually, by gracious permission of Her Majesty The Queen, The Scout Association of the United Kingdom is privileged to hold its annual Parade and Review of Queen’s Scouts in the Quadrangle of Windsor Castle, followed by their National Scout Service in St. George Chapel.

The Parade annually celebrates the achievements of several hundred young men and women, mostly aged 20 – 25, who have recently gained their Queen’s Scout Award.  The review is usually carried out by The Queen Herself or by another member of the Royal Family.  The National Scout Service includes the Renewal of the Scout Promise, as well as re-dedication of our commitment to “Do our Duty to God, our Country, and to help other people”.

In 2007, World Scouting Centenary was celebrated, and to add a special dimension to this annual event, Her Majesty accepted the suggestion that invitations to attend the Parade and Service be extended to Queen’s Scouts from all Commonwealth countries who recently received the award. 

The Scout Association of Belize was privileged to be represented by Queen’s Scout Lizette Ordonez.  In the picture, you can see Her Majesty graciously speaking to Queen’s Scout Ordonez.


The event was held on April 22, 2007.

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Happy Holidays Celebration

Congratulation to all Belizean for another year of celebration!


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Former Group Scout Leader Mr Luigi Heredia – Visit to Belize

Visit from former Group Scout Leader and National Scout Assembly member

November 16, 2020

Luigi Heredia, Participating Member of the Belize Scout Foundation (BSF), accompanied by Hilberto B. Riverol, Executive Director for BSF, paid a visit to the construction site of the Sir Colville N. Young Building on November 11, 2020.

Luigi was the Group Scout Leader for the 9th Belize St. Ignatius Scout Group for many years, leading it to be one of the most successful Scout Groups in Belize.  He also served for many years as a member of the National Scout Assembly and National Scout Committee and held the post of Treasurer.

When Luigi migrated to Aruba to take up the post of Resort Manager with Costa Linda Beach Resort, it was a great loss for Scouting in Belize.  But Luigi has not been dormant in Belize Scouting.  He has over the years made it possible for Scouts from Aruba to participate in the Centenary of Scouting of Belize Scout camp.  He has always maintained close contact with Scouting in Belize and has provided funding for specific events.  In 2019 he successfully organized a reunion of his Scout Group that was held at Bird’s Isle in Belize City.

Most recently Luigi assisted the BSF with its 5,000 block campaign for the “Sir Colville N. Young Building”, home of Scouting in Belize.  Through his contact with former Scouts from his Group and business associates he managed to secure 1,130 blocks.  Additionally, Luigi contributed financially towards the Sir Colville N. Young Building.

A true Scout at heart who shows his commitment with action!

Luigi is married to Elena and has three children, Jenna, Luigi J and Joshua, all involved in Scouting.

Thanks, Luigi, we are proud to have you associated with the Belize Scout Foundation and wish you continued success in your endeavors.

The BSF takes this opportunity to express sincere condolences to Luigi and his family on the recent passing of his father Marcelino Heredia.  May he rest in peace.


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