Don Bosco holds investiture rites for new boy and girl scouts

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By Nars Padilla

Kafagway Roundup

Friday, August 1, 2014


SIR Robert Baden Powell, Founder and Father of the Scouting Movement once said, "Scouting is a way of life, it is the righteous way for the youth for character building and citizenship training with the beauty and grandeur of the out-of-doors and Mother Nature as its classroom."

Last Friday, Don Bosco School held a joint BSP-GSP Boy Scout and Girl Scouts investiture ceremony held at the institution's Mama Mary Hall led by Rev. Fr. Joseph Paduyao, school director and institutional representative; Sister Julia Turida, High School Principal and Emenita Balay-as, Principal Elementary Department. The reverend is also the Parish Priest of Don Bosco Church. The investiture rites of the new scouts with their parents who officiated in the neckerchief donning and participated in the rededication to the Scout Oath, Scout Law, Motto and Slogan marked the formal admission of the neophites in the World Scouting Movement. In retrospect, the ceremony was very solemn but was joyful and full of challenges specially to the new scouts and their parents as well as the adult leadership arm of the school's scouting family. Yours truly, as the occasion's guest of honor presented to Fr. Paduyao the BSP and GSP charter certificates and inducted to their respective positions the scout leaders of the school's 197 boy and rover scouts and 124 girl scouts.

In my brief message to the scouts and their parents and I reminded them to adhere at all times to the ideals and objectives of the scouting movement as their guiding principle towards growth and development. I emphasized that solidarity in the family and unity among the scouts and their leaders are the basic and primodial spiritual tools to insure a happy scouting life.

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"Scouts must climb up the advancement ladder by all means."

It is crystal clear that scouting at Don Bosco is up and going. Only recently, Eagle Scout Ian Christopher Mangaoang was selected as one of the 10 Most Outstanding Boy Scouts of the Philippines for the year 2014. There are more or less four million registered scouts, all ranks in the BSP roster of membership, spread in 118 city and provincial scout councils in the country.

Over three decades ago, former Don Bosco scout Edgar Avila and Rev. Fr. Jean Marie TChang attends the World Scout Jamboree in Norway as official delegates of the BSP.

Finally, congratulations once again to all the participants of the recent BSP-GSP investiture program hosted by Don Bosco School at Barangay New Lucban, City of Baguio.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on August 02, 2014.

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