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3,000 boy scouts camping on Lingayen beachfront

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan — About 3,000 scouts from all over the country joined the grand parade that opened this year’s Boy Scouts of the Philippines’ 6th National Scout Venture Camp on the Lingayen beachfront last Monday.

With the theme “Scouting for the Environment,” Gov. Amado T. Espino, Jr. told the participants that scouting contributes a great deal in the betterment and development of society and acknowledged the important role of scouting in his life.
“I believed then as I still believe now that the best experience and training I got was by being a Boy Scout,” he said.

Espino reminded the scouts to always remember and memorize the Scout Law and the mission and vision of scouting. As he said “we are better off, far better off than those who did not become scouts.”

The camp chief then told the scouters from the 118 councils in the Philippines to explore the province, and assured their security and all other necessary support the provincial government can give.

Holding camps at the scenic and sprawling Capitol beachfront, the scouters are high school students from the regions of Northeastern Luzon, Central Luzon, National Capital Region, Southern Tagalog, Bicol, Western and Eastern Visayas, Western and Eastern Mindanao, and Region I.

In his speech, BSP Acting Secretary General and Senior Vice-President Wendel Avisado thanked Espino for the preparations undertaken by the provincial government as a host to the event.

“The conduct of the 6th venture camp in one of the historic and top-performing provinces in the country is both our honor and privilege,” he said.
He lauded the capability of Pangasinan in hosting national events as the venture camp, as displayed all throughout the preparation period where the provincial government “has gone way ahead of expectations.”

Avisado said that the camp will be the BSP’s first to be conducted in an open campsite, in front of a beach, thus additional bathrooms and comfort rooms as well as shallow wells have been installed by the province.

The Scout Venture Camp is being held once every three years to provide opportunities for senior scouts to practice and enhance their physical, social, mental, emotional and spiritual potentials.

The camp which runs from May 5 to May 10 will culminate with a grand closing ceremonies on May 9 with Vice President Jejomar Binay, the BSP president for the past 14 years, as guest of honor and speaker.