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Monday, 10 November 2014 11:35

Though the Zamboanga Press Club (ZPC) was given an invitation, we don’t have the juicy details of what will happen in the Centennial Jamboree of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines (BSP) being held at the Zambo Ecozone.  Zamboanga City Boy Scout Council Executive Director Arthur Griño was supposed to explain it at the ZPC  Office last Friday but he never appeared.

I only learned from a TV local news that there is an entrance fee. P50 for adults and P20 or P25 for children. Why there is an entrance fee? I don’t know. If ever, it should have been lowered because the place is too far and one has to spend for transportation – gas or fare.

But Griño’s non-appearance will not stop Pep Talk from welcoming the more than 7,000 Boys Scouts who are attending it.  Security is very tight; let’s pray sinister elements will not do anything to harm and any dastardly plans of theirs will fail.   The jamboree is anchored on the theme: “Peace and Development through Scouting.”

Pep Talk is sharing pictures taken from the Facebook account of Mayor Beng Climaco. She hosted the welcome party the Camp Chief's Night being the Camp Chief last Saturday night.  It was highlighted by lighting of the campfire.  Exactly 100 years ago on November 8, 1914 the first scouting movement in the Philippines started in Recodo, Zamboanga City under Lorillard Spencer Troop by a United States Navy lieutenant named Sherman Kiser.

I did not also go to the opening last Saturday because of other commitments but I heard only few (favored?) local media was attended by the organizers. Majority have to fend themselves and look what to write about. There was supposed to be a Media Room as committed by Zambo Ecozone Chairman Christopher Arnuco 2 weeks ago to coordinate with local media.  Nevertheless, I hope to be there before it will end on Wednesday, November 12. I used to be a Boy Scout and had attended once a National Jamboree. I like to see the difference.

By Dante Corteza

Numbers 30:2 “If a man vows a vow to the Lord, or swears an oath to bind himself by a pledge, he shall not break his word. He shall do according to all that proceeds out of his mouth. “