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Thursday, 06 November 2014 13:35

Zamboanga City is all set to host the Mindanao leg of the Philippine Scouting Centennial Jamboree on Nov. 8-12 at sprawling Zamboanga City Special Economic Zone and Freeport Authority (ZamboEcozone) in San Ramon, west of this city.

The five-day event, which will gather scouting delegates from different parts of the country, is anchored on the theme “Peace and Development through Scouting”. The event recognizes the role of Zamboanga City as the birthplace of the scouting movement in the country.

To recall, exactly 100 years ago on Nov. 8 the first scouting movement in the Philippines started in Zamboanga City under the Lorillard Spencer Troop.

The centennial jamboree is designed to provide the scouts with a progressive, safe and enjoyable learning environment highlighting the historical significance of 100 years of scouting in the country.

The Jamboree modules include the 21st Century Leadership and Core Life Skills; City of Science and Global Development Village; Learn a Trade and Learners Market; The Lorillard Spencer Troop Service; Back to Basics on Scout craft 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 program of activities.

As this developed, Mayor Beng Climaco has issued an executive order declaring Nov. 8-12 as National Boy Scouts Jamboree Week in the City of Zamboanga.

In issuing BC72-2014, Climaco urged Zamboangueños to show to the visitors the famed Zamboangaueño hospitality and “let us prepare for this very big event in our history and let us all together build back a better Zamboanga.”

History revealed that during the American occupation in 1914 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, Lorillard, 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.

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.

Vice President JejomarC. Binay Sr., the BSP national president, will be the guest of honor and keynote speaker in the opening ceremonies. The Scouts are expected to start arriving on Nov. 6 and break camp on Nov. 13. –- Vic Larato