Zambo Ecozone to host centennial jamboree PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 04 November 2014 14:04

In line with the celebration of the 100 years of the Introduction of the Scouting Program in the Philippines, ZAMBOECOZONE and Freeport will host the Mindanao leg of the Philippine Scouting Centennial Jamboree on November 8-12, 2014.

With the theme: “Peace and Development through Scouting”, the 5-day Jamboree aims to provide a progressive, safe and enjoyable learning environment highlighting the historical significance of 100 years of Scouting in the country with modules on the 21st Century Leadership and Core Life Skills; Cityof Science and Global Development Village; Learn a Trade and Learners Market; The Lorillard Spencer Troop Service; Back to Basics on Scoutcraft and Orienteering Course; and Outdoor and Water Adventure Expedition. Modules on Special Adults Activities and Special Activities will also be incorporated in the jamboree’s general programme of activities.

“Zamboanga (City) will be playing an important role on November 8-12, as she will host the Philippines Scouting Centennial Jamboree”, Mayor Maria Isabelle G. Climaco-Salazar declared. “Let us show our visitors the famed Zamboangeño hospitality and let us prepare for this very big event in our history, and let us all together build back a better Zamboanga,” said the local chief executive.

Mayor Climaco-Salazar has issued an Executive Order last October 17, 2014, declaring November 8-12 as National Boy Scouts Jamboree Week in the City of Zamboanga.

The Executive Order, BC 72-2014, is supported by the City Council  through its Resolution No. 996, issued last August 26, 2014, which declared the same week in November as National Boy Scouts of the Philippines Jamboree Week in Zamboanga City.

Boy Scout of the Philippines (BSP)-Zamboanga City Scout Executive Arthur Griño said, “It was during the American occupation in 1914 that Mrs. Caroline Spencer took care of 26 Muslim boys who were wandering aimlessly. With the assistance of Lt. Sherman L. Kiser, they organized the boys into a troop called the Lorillard Spencer Troop that gave birth to the Scouting movement in the Republic of the Philippines.”

The earliest documented formation of a Scout troop in the country was the Lorillard Spencer Troop, in Barangay Recodo, Zamboanga City, nearly a century ago. The local Boy Scout troop got its name after the son of the American charity worker Carolyn Spencer, who helped support the formation of the scouting here as her son,Lorilard, was an active Scout in the United States of America.The organizer of the all Filipino-Muslim troop was U.S. Navy Second Lieutenant Sherman L. Kiser, who administered the Scout’s Oath to the group on November 15, 1914.

Mr. Griño said the centennial jamboree is open to all registered Scouts from ages 10 to 12 years old who are holders of a Second Class Scout Rank and Senior Scouts ages 13 to 17 years old of at least a Pathfinders Scout Rank.

Over 5,000 Scouts from all over the archipelago and nearby countries,such as Indonesia, Thailand, Japan, Singapore, China, and Malaysia, are expected to come to the city for the jamboree. No less than Vice President JejomarC. Binay Sr., the BSP National President, will be the guest of honor and keynote speaker in the opening ceremonies of the jamboree. The Scouts are expected to start arriving on the 6th of November and break camp on the 13th.

The centennial jamboree is packedwith numerous programs that will surely make the event an exciting and entertaining, as well as an educational camp, with activities to include: skill-o-ramas, scout rallies, scout fora, drills competitions, olympics, cultural presentations, film showings, campfires and parties. The jamboree will also feature a 50-booth jamboree market that will showcase the best of Zamboanga’s wares, goodsand delicacies.

The centennial jamboree marks the third collaboration between the ZAMBOECOZONE and Freeport Authority and the Boy Scout of the Philippines, as the zone was host to the 1st Border Jamboree on January, 2001 and the 2nd Border Jamboree last May, 2009. Both jamborees saw the participation of thousands of scouts trooping to the zone from all parts of the Philippines and nearby countries in the Southeast Asia-Pacific Region.

Lt. Gen. Rustico O. Guerrero, chief, Western Mindanao Command (WESMINCOM), has taken a personal interest in the security preparations for the jamboree. WESMINCOM, the Zamboanga City Police Central Office and Task Force Zamboanga will be the main elements contributory to the security efforts for the jamboree.

“All ground, air, and sea forces and assets will be employed to secure the safe conduct of the centennial jamboree at the Zamboanga Ecozone”, Gen. Guerrero said in a conference with ZAMBOECOZONE Chairperson and Administrator Christopher Lawrence S. Arnuco, Honorable City Councilor Atty. Rommel S.Agan and the local BSP Leadership headed by Mr. Griño, last October 10, 2014, at WESMINCOM.

In support of the BSP Zamboanga Council’s initiatives, Chairperson and Administrator Arnuco has given his all-out support and marshalled the Authority’s personnel and disposed the logistics required to assure the successful conduct of the centennial jamboree in the zone.

To assure the influx of guests and visitors to the jamboree, the ZAMBOECOZON and Freeport Authority has initiated its own jamboree market in frontof and within its main building to augment and support the BSP jamboree market. The ZAMBOECOZONE Jamboree Market will feature a bazaar and food court to include the Crocs Sales Caravan that recently held a successful sales binge at the Ateneo de Zamboanga University last month.

A media center was also created by ZAMBOECOZONE and Freeport Authority to assure the utmost coverage of this historical event in Zamboanga City. — Albi A. Marquez