PIA Press Release
Monday, January 16, 2012
Samar Boy Scout jamboree highlights disaster preparednessby Ninfa B Quirante
CATBALOGAN CITY, Samar, Jan 16 (PIA) -– The Samar Boy Scouts Jamboree held for three days in Paranas town focused on disaster preparedness to live the very adage that comes with being a Boy Scout- that of always being prepared.
This, in addition to the affirmation that scouting builds communities.
During the opening rites of the jamboree, DepEd Superintendent Editha de Veyra said in her message.
“We are gathered here to promote leadership, build more skills and share ideas with the future leaders of the country through scouting,” De Veyra said.
Some 700 Boy Scouts of the Philippines (BSP) members participated in the opening program on January 13, in Paranas town which started with a dancing parade.
Scouters wore indigenous costumes and became soaked as they paraded around town unbothered by heavy rains.
The boy scouts look forward to scouting activities as the activities are in the open, and they have adventures with their fellow scouters.
Scouters were taught survival training, rappelling in the hill near the camping area, and other socialization activities.
Part of disaster preparedness were lectures on what to do during typhoons, floods, fire, and other natural disasters, the scouters also held disaster preparedness drills for their mentors to see how well they have gained from the lectures given.
“Disaster preparedness should be taught to Boy Scouts even as young as those in the elementary grades because disaster can strike anytime,” said Marvin Anonuevo, a teacher-cum Scout trainer.
The three-day scouting activity folded up on January 15 with some guests from LGU Paranas and Boy Scout executive Montano Asis gracing the closing program.
The BSP movement has attracted young men in the elementary and high school aged 6-18 and has stayed strong for 75 years now. The BSP current president is Jejomar Binay. (NBQ/PIA 8-Samar)