“Growth and Stability”
Such is the theme and the goal of the 6th ASEAN Scouts Jamboree which is being realized on every scouting activity especially on the ASEAN Youth Forum held at Tagum National Trade School (TNTS) Gymnasium which aims to give the scouts ample opportunity to voice out the concerns that their respective localities face.
“We got to talk about issues concerning health, politics, environmental issues and more that concern today’s youth,” says Scout Leader Erwin Cabasan of Makati City Council.
The entire duration of the event was indeed productive as the participants were grouped together with scouts from various councils, including those from Philippines’ neighboring Southeast Asian countries who were present, where they were tasked to impart the issues they have observed from their respective localities.
Afterwards, the SPEAR concept was introduced referring to the process of introducing their suggestive actions to address the matters they’ve discussed wherein the aforementioned acronym stands for Subject, Problem, Existing Projects, Agencies involved, and finally, the proposed Resolution.
Among the many delegations present were the scouts from Indonesia and Thailand who’ve also given their insights with regards to their concerns. Amidst language and cultural diversity, the discourse has pushed through smoothly and the teams were able to proceed to the next stage of the forum.
Scouts were engaged in a debate which helped in identifying the varying opinions from every participant and also in showing that aside from the physical strength that they possess, they also have what it takes to be mentally competitive and alert.
According to Cabasan, it was a worthwhile event especially because it is recognized as a high assembly involving the international bodies. by Sarah Ella Marie S. Matuguina