Campfire and the Scouting Spirit

Campfire was fun, especially when Pinky Au, Kevin Li, Clarice Fu and Brandon Ma got pulled up in a skit thinking they were to be recognized for their contribution only to find out it was a big joke by Scouter Henry Hutalle. We sang our standard Paddle Song/Land of the Silver Birch medley, and watched pop song and impressive traditional dances by the Philippine Scouts.

Talking to a couple of the Rover Scout girls who are extremely active in the Davao City Council, Emily found out about a program called “Ticket to Life” that they run on a weekly basis. Ticket to Life is a Scouting program specifically tailored towards street youth. The girls put a lot of time walking around neighbourhoods to talk to street youth and encourage them to join Scouting. To the youth in the program, Scouting was a way out, a way for them to find purpose and guidance in their lives. The girls talked about challenges, like how it was sometimes difficult to find a reliable meeting place in close proximity to where street youth hang out. They also talked about rewards of the program, for example when they see how much the youth value Scouting and how much they enjoy it. It was also a sharp recall to the Neighbourhood Scouting meeting hall that we visited earlier on in the trip where we gave out toys to drop out kids. It seems like Scouting is almost like a safety net to catch youth that have fallen through the government social programs.

This made us reflect on what Scouting means to us in Canada. To the 180th Pacific Coast Scout Group, even though we had higher goals in terms of personal development and leadership in mind , Scouting was mostly a recreational activity. In the Philippines, it could be a matter of turning around a young teenager’s life.

 

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5 Responses to “Campfire and the Scouting Spirit

  • Adrian Miguel dela Cerna
    8 years ago

    Hi guys!!

    I am the senior crew leader of Davao Wisdom Academy, I just wanted to thank you guys for sacrificing just to teach all of us about scouting. I am happy with what you shared with us even though i didn’t have much time to know you guys a little, but I’m very happy that my crew had enjoyed your companion.

    So here is a poem I made for you guys, it just popped out in my mind while we were going home ’cause one of us told me that you guys didn’t want to say goodbye ’cause it sounded like you won’t see each other again. So… here it is. 😀

    May the road rise up to meet you,
    May the wind be ever at your back.
    May the sun shine warm upon your face
    And the rain fall softly on your fields.
    And until we meet again,
    May God hold you in the hollow of his hand.
    May your pockets be heavy and your heart be light,
    May good luck pursue you each morning and night.

    So see you guys next time. I think my parents would let me study there in Vancouver,Canada after I graduate in highschool. May you guys have a safe trip and thanks for your time!!! 😀 (add my facebook account adrianmigueldelacerna) ;D

  • Jason Jon E. Carreos
    8 years ago

    Hello PCC rover scouts! I am Jason, one of the scouts from Davao Wisdom Academy. We really learned a lot from you guys. You have been a great help to us scouters here in the Philippines. We wish you all a safe trip back to Canada. We will never forget you, and the things that you shared to us.

    WE SALUTE YOU PCC rover scouts!

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  • Jason Jon E. Carreos
    8 years ago

    Hello PCC rover scouts! I am Jason, one of the scouts from Davao Wisdom Academy. We really learned a lot from you guys. You have been a great help to us scouters here in the Philippines. We wish you all a safe trip back to Canada. We will never forget you, and the things that you shared to us.

    WE SALUTE YOU PCC rover scouts!

    <o <o
    l l
    / /
    <o <o
    l l
    / /

  • Jason Jon E. Carreos
    8 years ago

    Hello PCC rover scouts! I am Jason, one of the scouts from Davao Wisdom Academy. We really learned a lot from you guys. You have been a great help to us scouters here in the Philippines. We wish you all a safe trip back to Canada. We will never forget you, and the things that you shared to us.

    WE SALUTE YOU PCC rover scouts!

    <o <o
    l l
    / /
    <o <o
    l l
    / /

  • Gerald Rivera
    8 years ago

    Hello Guys

    Im Gerald also a scouter from Davao Wisdom Academy. I want to thank you guys for the opportunity you gave me. it was a wonderful experience