A Recap of National Camp 2023

A Recap of National Camp 2023

Our Annual National Camp was held from November 24th to 26th, 2023, was a resounding success, themed "Renewing the Vision, Igniting the Fire." It was a celebration of camaraderie, leadership, and the spirit of scouting that brought together scouts from across the country.

The camp kicked off with enthusiastic registration led by Bonicka Gordon and Christine Richardson, setting the tone for an eventful weekend ahead. As dusk fell, scout leaders worked tirelessly on campsite development, ensuring a conducive environment for the upcoming activities.

One of the highlights of the camp was the visit of Prime Minsiter Hon. Brigadier (Ret’d) Mark Anthony Phillips, who graced the occasion with a keynote speech. His presence not only inspired the scouts but also marked a significant pledge of support towards the growth of scouting in Guyana. The Prime Minister's commitment added a sense of validation to the efforts of the Scout Association and fueled the participants with renewed determination.

The opening ceremony was a spectacle filled with pride and patriotism. As the national anthem echoed through the campgrounds, scouts stood tall, embodying the essence of unity and service. The speeches delivered by Chief Commissioner Yonnick and the Prime Minister Mark Phillips, emphasized the importance of scouting in shaping future leaders and fostering community engagement.

Throughout the camp, a myriad of activities kept the participants engaged and enthralled. From the annual march parade to games hubs, to campfire gatherings, every moment was infused with energy and enthusiasm. The Scouts' Own session, led by Bonicka and Christine, provided a reflective space for scouts to ponder upon the values of scouting and their personal growth journey.

A special exchange activity on Saturday encouraged scouts to interact and learn from each other's experiences. It exemplified the spirit of brotherhood and cultural exchange that lies at the heart of scouting. Additionally, the colorful socks and positive message t-shirts worn by scouts added vibrancy to the event, reflecting their commitment to spreading positivity and inclusivity.

One of the most anticipated events was the box oven baking competition. Scouts showcased their culinary skills by baking pastries of their choice, utilizing the box ovens they had built themselves. This hands-on activity not only fostered creativity but also promoted teamwork and innovation among the participants.

As the camp drew to a close, the closing ceremony served as a moment of reflection and celebration. Chief Commissioner Yonnick, Camp Chief, and Zaida Jouquin led the proceedings, acknowledging the achievements and experiences gained during the camp. It was a poignant reminder of the bonds forged and memories created, which will continue to inspire and motivate the scouting community in Guyana.

Ultimately, the National Camp 2023 was a testament to the resilience and dedication of the Scout Association of Guyana. It reignited the fire of passion for scouting and renewed the vision of creating a better world through service and leadership. As scouts departed the campgrounds, they carried with them not just memories but also a renewed sense of purpose to make a positive difference in their communities and beyond.

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Scouts engaging in a fun game of sal-out.

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