October is dedicated to Scouting, Filipino elderlies and BARP festival-A A +A
By Nars Padilla
Friday, October 4, 2013
THE BOY Scouts of the Philippines, considered the biggest uniformed youth movement in the country over the years is celebrating its 77th anniversary for the whole month of October. Nationwide, the commemorative event is known as the Scouting Month.
Did you know that Scouting in the archipelago started in Zamboanga in 1914 with a troop composed of 26 Muslim boys? The Troop was called the Lorillard Sponsor Troop in honor of Spencer’s son, an active Scout with the Boy Scouts of America in the United States.
Did you know that the Rotary Club of Manila in 1923 formed the Philippine Council Boy Scouts of America which in later years gave life and inspiration to the birth of the independent national Scouting organization? It was on October 31, 1936 by virtue of Commonwealth Act No. 111 that the Boy Scouts of the Philippines became an independent national movement, thanks to the late Assemblyman Tomas Confesor from Iloilo who authored the bill creating the BSP.
In the city under the leadership of former Mayor Peter Rey Bautista, president of the BSP Baguio City Council, a chain of events have been set to commemorate the Scouting Month. A grand parade showcasing Kid/Kab Scouts, Boy and Senior Scouts, Rover Scouts and a cast of Scout leaders together with their Girl Scout counterparts flooded the metropolis main streets on October 1.
Other significant activities are as follows: Oct. 11 – Kid/Kab Scout Olympics; Oct. 14 – Scout Officials for a Day; induction and turnover ceremonies at the City Hall. On this special day, a select group of 60 Boy and Girl Scouts from various units from both the public and private schools will take over the reins of the local government for a day. Girl Scout Mayor Chelsea Elaine Teodoro from the Baguio City National High School and Boy Scout Vice Mayor Vince Philip Posadas from the University of Baguio Science High School will lead the SCOFAD in the day’s character building and citizenship training program.
I can recall vividly that the initial good government program for scouts initiated by the late Scouter Crispulo Hilario and yours truly as Scout Executives of the former BSP Baguio-Benguet Council way back in 1958. It was then known as Boy Scouts Mayor for a Day program. The takeover was only participated in by Boy Scouts and only limited from the city mayor, vice mayor and City Council.
Through the years, the special event became bigger in scope and also included the Girl Scouts participation. Congratulations to the SOFAD core of talents.
Here’s a voice from the past from Scouter Vitaliano Bernardino, president and chief Scout of the BSP from 1968 to 1974. His article “True Badge of Scouting” in the BSP Scouting Magazine in 1997 is a worthy and friendly reminder for all members of the organization to understand and appreciate.
“Being a Scout or Scouter is not merely wearing the Scout uniform with the badge and all the insignia indicating that he is a member of this great international brotherhood of boys and men dedicated to the service of God, country and fellowmen. It means putting into practice the Scout Oath and Law and participating in all the activities of the unit, district or council, as the case may be.
The real badge of a Scout or a Scouter is in his mind and heart. The badge is exemplified in his thoughts and acts as shown in the day-to-day things that he does as part of his individual and social life. As an individual, he endeavors to live a clean and moral life, setting an example to others. In his troop, the young Scout lives up to his badge by joining all activities planned by the unit leader and adopted by the members. In the committee and council meetings, roundtable and other activities, the Scouter does his bit sincerely and devotedly, cooperating in the best manner to make the affair a success.
The Scout badge symbolizes selflessness. The Scout or Scouter is concerned not only with his own welfare but also the welfare of his companions and co-workers. He does not expect personal rewards for what he does for Scouting. His satisfaction comes from having done a GOOD TURN.”
I hope that every Scout or Scouter who reads this very informative article will pass on, especially to the other scouts and Scouters the importance of the Scout badge and what it truly means. The Scouting Month is a timely occasion to do it.
In keeping with the spirit of Filipino Elderly Month in the city and Benguet, we are again reminding the officers and members of the Blessed Association of Retired Persons Foundation in particular to attend it programmed activities specially designed for BARPers.
Join us tomorrow, Sunday, at the 27th anniversary celebration of the Shrine of the Brown Madonna, Km. 7, Asin Rd. for our thanksgiving mass. The festivity at the Shrine starts at 8:30 in the morning. Don’t forget the big day offering at SM Baguio Atrium on Oct. 21.
The affair focusing on the Gintong Tala Achievers Award program and the lolo-lola Pista sa Nayon start at 1PM. Don’t miss the fun, fellowship and cultural presentation highlighted by the crowning of our Golden Years October Festival 2013 Ginang Lola Lakambini and their respective Lakans. And more. Be the lucky winners of the valuable raffle prizes for free. More importantly, be a BARPer in words, in mind and indeed. Be part of our Golden Years October Festival 2013.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on October 05, 2013.