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And then there was the four . . .

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The picture below is taken during the Coordination Meeting of Facilitators for the 1st World Scout Education Congress in Lisbon, Portugal.


From left to right:  Sa’ad Zian, Director of Adult Resources and Volunteer Development at the Central Office of the World Scout Bureau;  Thian Hiong Boon, Director of Adult Resources at the Asia-Pacific Regional Office of the World Scout Bureau; Stephen Peck, Director of Programme and Development (who is also referred to as the Camp Chief of Gilwell); and Paul Parkinson, Deputy Principal (Academic) of the Scouts Australia Institute of Training (SAIT).

The same group of people believed in me.  Never in my wildest dreams that these same gentlemen will be responsible in awarding the Fourth Bead on my Wood Badge.

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On 25 November 2013, marked a very significant highlight in my timeline in Scouting.  During the Evaluation Meeting of the 1st World Scout Education Congress in Hong Kong, Sa’ad Zian interrupted the meeting and called me in front.  Paul Parkinson made a very generous introduction –

Syd has been a keen advocate of Scouting at local, national and regional level and has contributed significantly at world level as well. He has always maintained his commitment to personal development attaining personal qualifications along his Scouting pathway, always in an effort to develop and prove himself to be able to work better as a leader in Scouting. There has been a number of challenges along the way and some obstacles that needed to be addressed but success always come after commitment. The award of the Wood Badge (four beads) to Syd Castillo is recognition of significant work commitment and dedication to Scouting ideals, to the benefit of young people.

Paul Parkinson
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Sa’ad Zian took out from his neck his personal Four Beads handed it over to Stephen Peck.  Stephen Peck conferred to me the four beads as Leader Trainer, in front of experienced Scout Leaders in the area of Educational Methods.  Stephen Peck said –

It is very seldom that you will see me confer beads.  But I am doing this because it is a real pleasure to able to present the beads to a friend and colleague.

Stephen Peck

I would like to thank the Regional Director J. Rizal Pangilinan for allowing this recognition to happen.  Thank you also to my colleague, Thian Hiong Boon, Director of Adult Resources and Development, for endorsing my appointment as Leader Trainer.  I am so ever grateful to Scouting, especially to those people who knows how to recognise talent.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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  • December 11, 2013 at 10:50 AM
    Paul Parkinson

    Wow Syd. A great moment, and thank you for your continued commitment. Certainly privileged to be a part of the Scouting journey with you and to be present at the presentation. Congratulations again my twin brother!


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