Saturday, October 11, 2014

Why I Love Scouting?

by Gil Camporazo

"I love scouting. I love scouting. Hail. I love scouting all the way." There goes the community singing led by Institutional Head (IH) Alejandro Ticao, Scout Course Leader and at the same time the Scout Field Commissioner of the Division of La Carlota as the 3rd Patrol Leader Training Course (PLTC) and Crew Leader Training Course (CLTC) in its opening ceremony.

Boy Scouts of the Philippines logo
BSP Logo
As one of the members of the support staff and discussants, it starts refreshing my 54 years in scouting. It reverberates in mind the scouting ideals, oath and law, its history, its founder, its role in character and nation building.

And it also freshens my unforgettable experiences in various scouting activities like outdoor camping, hiking, orienteering, stargazing, knot tying, cooking without utensil, putting up of the tent, and scouting games, songs and yells.

My elementary scouting days and how my mother permitted me to participate in my first out-of-town outdoor camping as far as Cadiz City in the north, noted as city of whales and as far as Himamaylan in the south, and as far as Alibunan, Calinog, Iloilo Province in Panay Island, across Guimaras Strait. And the farthest place in the country which I attended as far as national scouting jamboree is concerned was in Subic, Pampanga in Luzon.


SWB Camporazo
SWB Camporazo

Apprising the new registered boy scouts in elementary and senior scouts in the high school in their pre-jamboree training as patrol leader and crew leader, I gave them lecture on the brief history of scouting for 45-minute session.

First I stressed the importance of scouting in its acrostic. S stands for service. Boys are trained to be service-oriented. They've three duties to work on like duty to others, duty to self and duty to God. As what Lord Baden-POwell exemplified in his early days, that is, to help other people at all time.

Another is C which stands for camaraderie. Boys love to be with company. By their formative years, they love to have fun, to play with fellow boy scouts, to lead, to take any challenging activities and even to take any responsibilities to prove how friendly and loyal they are.

The last is the word, "outing". Their curiosity, their adventurous tendency, their inquisitiveness are best tested when the boys are left for their ownselves when they're given an opportunity to camp outdoor, especially to other places. They do love discovering things. They do love visiting other places. They also enjoy going in hiking.

SWB Camporazo Lecturing
SWB Camporazo Lecturing

Knowing Who Is B.P.

Robert Stevenson Smith Baden-Powell, BP for short is an instrument in founding scouting or world scouting sometime in 1907. His mother has taught him a lot of being an obedient, nature-loving person.

He is a very talented person. He is good in woodcarving. He has a fine voice. He is expert in mimicry. He loves hiking, boating and playing not only with his brothers but with other contemporaries.He is good in team working.

He wrote a book, scouting for the boys. He put in his book that scouting training is to make the boys self-discipline and self-reliant. The boys could work well if they group in a small number. Thus patrol system which is composed of 8 scouts in one patrol is an effective method to train the boys as a leader.

"Be Prepared" which coincides with Baden-Powell's initial has served as the scout motto. The 12 points of scout law are the best principles or virtues for the character building of every boy in scouting. And "doing a good turn daily" is the scout slogan.

Scouting in the Philippines

Historically, scouting in the country started sometime in 1914 when the Philippines was under the American regime.But the Boy Scouts of the Philippines (BSP) was formally founded on October 31, 1936 by the virtue of Commonwealth Act 111 signed by President Manuel L. Quezon. Those who signed the BSP charter were Joseph Stevenot, Jorge B. Vargas, Carlos P. Romulo, General Vicente Lim, Judge Manuel Camus, Arsenio N. Luz, and Gabriel Daza.

In 1947, the Philippines joined for the first time as an independent Scouting country in a world jamboree held at the 6th World Scout Jamboree in Moisson, France. In 1953, First Wood Badge course was conducted at Camp Gre-Zar in Novaliches, Quezon City. And in 1954, 1st Philippine National Scout Jamboree was held at Rolling Hills, Balara, Quezon City.

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