Wednesday, October 24, 2012

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We Train, We Learn - Basic Training Course

 That was the first discipline we learned on our first day of training. A boy scout always greets “good morning” no what time of the day  it could be morning, afternoon or night. It is a sign of new hope, new day and brotherhood.                Our three day training started the morning of September 7th, 2012 and ended on the 9th of the same month. First day was Scouting Orientation Course with the entire participants. We came around 8:30 a.m., registered ourselves and joined the rest of the participants in the orientation. During the opening program, DepEd Superintendent Tarcila P. Javier, CESO V was there to meet and speak with everybody. Senior Scout Mr. Romeo R. Vicmudo led the opening program. He introduced all of the rest of Scouters. He grouped all participants into Langkay, Troops and Outfit. Langkay was composed of Teachers of Grades 1-3, Troops were Teachers of Grades 4-6 and Secondary level Teachers filled the Outfit. We then asked to groups ourselves into nine (9). When we are done grouping ourselves, he then gave us names of the team and we became Outfit SEA DOLPHIN.

                We have had so much excitement and we couldn’t wait for the activities of the day ahead. The first day was basic training course so lecture was expected. But when the second day continuous with the lecture, excitement declined and was replaced with boredom. The morning of the second day though was promising. Langkay, Troops and Outfits were sent into different activities with their scouters. As members of the Outfit, we have four (4) station s to attend that day. In those four, we were thought on how to Read a Compass (or should have thought), Preparedness in Case of Emergencies (purely lecture), Songs and Games (all action songs) and Rope Tying. Among the four, we like Songs and Games best although Rope Tying was also great. Compass Reading and Emergency Preparedness was a bit boring because it was purely a lecture without application.
                Before the morning ends, we have had our games which we really very much enjoyed and it was really such a memorable event. We only had two team games – Skinning the Snake and Catching the Tail. SEA DOLPHIN was one of the first teams to be ousted in Skinning the Snake game. But we have a good fight during the Catching the Tail. We ranked #2 in that game even though we have a little scene during the game (I just dive the dry groundsJ).
                The rest of the afternoon was purely lecture that has bored us to death. Foods were served late. We couldn’t wait for the next day to come.
                Excitement was the feeling everyone brought with them on the morning of the third day. We have hiking awaiting after the flag ceremony. Medals for outstanding teams or individual were awarded during the flag ceremony. Our flag was awarded 3 medals and Mrs. Rowena P. Magsino bagging one of them for being Best Performer. After the awarding, rain started to fall which makes the hiking more thrilling.
                It was already afternoon (past 3:00pm) when we finished the trail and reach the final destination. It was then followed by a closing program lead by Mr. Vicmudo. Present during the closing ceremony were Regional Scout/Sec. General Imelda S. Samson, OIC/Council Scout Executive Maria Fe A. Dela Cruz, the course leaders(scouters) and all of the participants.
                We started the Basic Training Course with a song and we ended with a song.

 I love to go a-wandering,
Along the mountain track,
And as I go, I love to sing,
My knapsack on my back.

Val-deri, Val-dera,
Val-deri, Val-dera.
My knapsack on my back.

I love to wander by the stream
That dances in the sun,
So joyously it calls to me,
"Come! Join my happy song!"

I wave my hat to all I meet,
And they wave back to me,
And blackbirds call so loud and sweet
From ev'ry green wood tree.

High overhead, the skylarks wing,
They never rest at home
But just like me, they love to sing,
As o'er the world we roam.

Oh, may I go a-wandering
Until the day I die!
Oh, may I always laugh and sing,
Beneath God's clear blue sky!

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