Zambo welcomes 100th Jamboree participants PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 08 November 2014 15:00

Zamboanga City led by Mayor Beng Climaco rolls out a red carpet welcome to the over 6,000 participants and guests to the Centennial Jamboree of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines (BSP) which officially kicks off today, Nov. 8 to 12 at the Zamboanga Economic Zone and Freeport Authority in San Ramon.

Mayor Climaco last month issued an executive order declaring Nov. 8-12 as National Boy Scouts Jamboree Week in Zamboanga stressing that it is a very big event in the city’s history.

Vice President Jejomar Binay, who is the national president of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines will keynote the opening ceremonies set today at 9am at the Ecozone grounds. Mayor Climaco will give the welcome remarks while    Congresspersons Celso Lobregat and Lilia Nuño will also give messages.

Mayor Climaco, who is the Camp Chief, will host a welcome dinner dubbed “Camp Chief’s Night”, formally welcoming the delegates and guests to the city of Zamboanga.

The participants come from Visayas, Luzon and Mindanao including some from other countries.

The Camp Chief’s Night will be highlighted by the mayor’s lighting of the campfire signalling the start of the encampment.

Culminating the camp chief’s night will be a  boodle fight, a military style of eating where food, piled on top of banana leaves and laid out on long tables, is eaten with bare hands.

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.

Meanwhile, security details for the 5-day Jamboree have been laid out by combined police and military forces. Clearing operations and visibility patrols are being conducted by joint operatives from the Public Safety Company and the MBLT-1 of the Joint Task Group Zamboanga within the periphery of the campsite starting Nov. 6 to 13. — Sheila Covarrubias