Scouters prove Abra is safe for camping out
by Maritess Benas
Sallapadan, Abra (20 November) -- The successful conduct of a provincial jamborette in this once war-torn upland town has proven that Abra is a safe place for camping out.
Sallapadan Mayor Nenita Cardenas, host of this year's provincial jamborette for the Boy Scouts of the Philippines (BSP) - Abra Chapter, proudly announced that the conduct of the annual event was very peaceful and joyfully carried out by the 1,144 delegates last November 10-14.
In an interview with Wilfredo Gascon, Executive Officer of the BSP - Abra, the annual jamborette is a venue for leadership training for the boy scouts as they are trained to wrestle with realities of life in the outside world. Hence, the reason for camping out in the open.
The jamborette is also an opportunity for the boys to show off their talents, knowledge and skills. There were competitions in various fields such as preparation of camp set up, camp gates, cleanest camp, chess challenge relay, knot tying, scouting quiz bee and even bible quiz bee. These areas of competition which were assigned particular points served as criteria for judging the over-all champions and other winners during the camping.
Bangued East District emerged as overall champion in the elementary level with Tayum, Sallapadan and Luba districts as first, second and third runners up respectively.
Competition in the secondary level was on a school basis because participants came from both the public and private sector with the Divine Word College of Bangued as overall champion. Runners up were Suyo National High School, first; Bolbolo National High School, second; and Abra High School, third.
The occasion was also a opportunity for the BSP - Abra to award certificates, medals and plaques of recognition to Eagle Scout Klarc Wenci Kyle Viray of the Divine Word College of Bangued for being one of the 2010 National Finalists in the Ten Outstanding Boy Scout of the Philippines, together with some other awardees like Vice Governor Rolando Somera, chairman of the BSP - Abra Council; Fr. Cirilo Ortega, SVD, president of the DWCB and Scouter Deo Ramos, the Outfit Advisor and Coach of the DWCB troop among others.
The opening program was graced by the top officials of the province led by Governor Eustaquio P. Bersamin and Congresswoman Ma. Jocelyn V. Bernos.
In her message, Regional Scout Director Imelda S. Samson of the BSP in the Central, Ilocos and Northeast Luzon Regions expressed deep appreciation for the extraordinary hosting of the LGU of Sallapadan by way of their hospitality and the manner they handled the peace and security of the delegation. (PIA-Abra) [top]