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Oct 16, 2019

Scout Association Hosts Pile Driving Ceremony for its New Headquarters

The Belize Scout Association held a pile driving ceremony today on site of where its new headquarters will be built. The “Sir Colville N. Young Building” will serve as the Scout Association of Belize’s first ever base, which will include a conference room and a scout supplies shop. As we showed you back in February of this year, the Embassy of Taiwan donated two hundred thousand dollars to the cause. While the Belize Scout Foundation is leading the charge with fundraising and overseeing the construction, the building will be used for the work of the National Scout Association. Today, we stopped in at the ceremony and found out what the building means for the association.

 

Roberto Lopez

Roberto Lopez, National Scout Executive, Belize National Scout Association

“It is a very historic moment for us. It is very exciting. We come from a long history of not owning our own building. With this first pile that was driven it, it is one step closer to owning our very own home for the scouts association of Belize. Having our own home, having an entire building for ourselves now really puts us in perspective how best we can shape and design the interior of it so that it is more effective and efficient when it comes to bringing scouting to the country of Belize.”

 

Francis Paul Woods

Francis Paul Woods, Member, Belize Scout Endowment Foundation

“It is really a unique looking building. It looks very similar to the Coast Guard building that is on our highway. It will be elevated; the ground floor or the floor where the offices will be at will be fifteen feet above sea level and the ground floor is five feet above sea level. We will have a very solid foundation so that we don’t have any settlement. It is roughly forty-six hundred square feet. We had estimated about a hundred and fifty to a hundred and seventy-five dollars a square foot. We are going to spend a little bit more so we make sure it is hurricane proof, so that the windows can withstand the hurricane force winds. It has all the offices that the scouts will need. It has a conference room. It has a scouts shop – it is very important for the scouts to have their shop to get their supplies for camping and all the necessary items for scouts. The upper floor has a roof which has a slight pitch but scouts will be able to assemble on top, up to three hundred, I would say would be able to comfortably sit down and attend seminars or do functions up there, up even marching. It is a very solid structure and we put a lot of work into the planning along with the scouts association of Belize because it is their building. So, we did our best to put in everything that they requested into this budget that we feel we can manage.”

 

The estimated cost of the building is seven hundred to seven hundred and fifty thousand dollars. So, far, the Endowment Foundation has acquired close to two hundred and fifty-thousand dollars. Those monies represent just a fraction of what is needed to complete the building – that is, for the foundation and a fifty-percent deposit for the structure to be assembled. The foundation is looking for the business community and public’s assistance for donations to put towards the project.


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