BSP thanks Beng, Ecozone for jamboree’s huge success PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 14 November 2014 14:41

The Boy Scouts of the Philippines (BSP) through Secretary General Wendel Avisado has expressed its profound thanks and gratitude to the city government of ?amboanga headed by Mayor Beng Climaco and the ?amboanga City Special Economic ?one and Freeport Authority under the leadership of Christopher Lawrence Arnuco for their untiring efforts that led to the huge success of the Centennial Jamboree.

“Thank you and the people of ?amboanga for hosting the second biggest Philippine scouting jamboree in Mindanao with more than 7,500 participants,” Avisado said during the grand campfire ceremonies Wednesday night to culminate the five-day Centennial Jamboree at the ?amboanga Eco?one fields.

He said in Lu?on Centennial Jamboree they expected only 5,000 participants but ended up with more than 13,000 in attendance; in Visayas, they expected only 3,000 participants but the actual attendance went up to more than 6,000.

“So, this is a record-breaking attendance to a national jamboree,” Avisado said of the more than 7,500 boy scouts and scout masters mostly from Mindanao, “all coming together in ?amboanga City as history makers and history writers.”

“You are now part of the history for all the 100 years of scouting in the Philippines,” the BSP secretary general told the participants, stressing that a centennial jamboree comes once in a lifetime only. “Kayo mga boy scouts, tandaan ninyo sa inyong paglaki ikararangal ninyo na kayo ay naging bahagi ng Centennial Jamboree dito sa ating bansa,” he said.

He said the message of the five-day jamboree was that the Filipinos and the scouts were hopeful and trying to achieve true love for each other and genuine peace not only in the country but all over the world.  “We are messengers of peace and it is always a dream of every scout that one day world peace will be achieved through scouting.”

He also reminded the participants not to forget the scouting laws because it is “our duty to do our best for our God, our country and our fellow human beings.” “A scout, no matter what happens, will always remain true to his duty,” Avisado stressed.

“Peace and love or love and peace,” he said, “is the true meaning of scouting.”

For her part, Mayor Climaco, who was the camp chief of the Centennial Jamboree for Mindanao, also expressed her gratitude and that of the people of ?amboanga to the BSP national and local officials and all the participants for making ?amboanga City and the Eco?one their home.

“Please, continue to visit us,” she pleaded to the boy scouts and officials, an assurance that ?amboanga City is safe to visit despite what had happened in reference to the twin blasts that hit a massage and videoke parlor in Tomas Claudio Street, some 22 kilometers away from the Zambo Ecozone where the jamboree was conducted under tight security.

Climaco, being the camp chief, together with the police and military authorities left no stone unturned to make sure the jamboree was successful and the participants were safe and secured as they turned out.

No less than Vice Pres. Jejomar Binay, in his capacity as BSP national president, came over Saturday to keynote the opening ceremonies, marking the 100th year of Philippine scouting movement that started in ?amboanga City on Nov. 8, 1914. —  Vic Larato