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Camarines Sur Council hosts the 63rd BSP Annual National Council Meeting

SCOUTING EVENT. With Provincial Administrator Ato Peña ably subbing for Camarines Sur Gov. Migz Villafuerte, the Camarines Sur Council successfully hosted the 3-day 63rd Annual National Council Meeting of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines with concluding ceremonies on May 31, 2019 at the Capitol Convention Center, Cadlan, Pili with over a thousand scouters from 120 local councils in attendance. The visiting councils were also treated to an afternoon tour around Camarines Sur before heading home to their own provinces. jmts/rbmjr/mmec060519 with photos from fb_provinceofcamsur

“For the longest time of our existence as a voluntary organization, we continue to keep our promise and we dedicate ourselves to selfless service to the Filipino youth by making sure that the programs, projects, and activities appropriately respond to the needs of the present generation thus, ensure the sustainability of the scouting movement in our country,” said Atty. Wendel E. Avisado, the National President of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines.

The three-day 63rd Annual National Council Meeting (ANCM) of the BSP was held this year at the Capitol Convention Center hosted by the Camarines Sur Council. Thousands of scouts and scouters from different delegations all over the country participated in the event.

Said participants are the BSP National Executive Board (NEB) members, Regional Chairmen and Regional Scout Commissioners, Council Chairmen and Council Scout Commissioners, officially designated Local Council Executive Board (LCEB) members, and Council Scout Executives, and other local officials representing the 120 local BSP councils in the country.

The ANCM is an annual gathering of all the Key 3s of the council composed mainly of the Council Chairman, Scout Executive, and Council Commissioner representing each of the council. Representatives from other councils were also present as observers for them to know their time to be in Key 3 position.The ANCM was also the time to review all the accomplishments for the past years and to make various proposals.

The event is convened annually to receive reports of the National President and the National Treasurer, agree on the upcoming events of the BSP and its proposed venues, elect four (4) regular members of the National Executive Board, and ratify any proposed amendments to the BSP Bylaws. These agendas were all tackled through plenary sessions.

The newly-elected four regular members of the National Executive Boards are Cedrick Train, Leonides Son, Al Francis Bichara, and Francis Frederick Palanca. The NEB is the highest policy-making and governing body of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines.

Reverent Doctor Leonides Son of Manila Council and one of the newly-elected members of the NEB shared, “The 3-day event was indeed very productive. I praise God because I was given the opportunity to serve in another capacity. It’s my first time also to run as a regular board member and it was an overwhelming support coming from the councils. I just want to encourage everybody to stay humble and make sure to continually give our best especially in our commitment to serve in scouting.”

He added, “We would like to thank the province of Camsur for offering a wonderful hospitality. We enjoy the food, the fellowship, the programs, and I do believe that all the participants have good memories of attending this ANCM. Big thanks to Camarines Sur Council for hosting the event and for giving us the opportunity to explore your province and the beautiful people most especially.”

During the ANCM, the National Court of Honor conferred national higher awards as recognition to scouters for their long time services in the scouting movement. These awards include Lifetime Achievement, Special Award, Gold Tamaraw, Silver Tamaraw, Bronze Tamaraw, Gold Usa, Silver Usa, and Bronze Usa Award. Moreover, National Scout Shop Recognition, Lorillard Spencer Award and other awards for the Outstanding Local Council Commissioners, Outstanding Council/ Regional Chairpersons, and Tribute to the Scoutmaster were given.

Other upcoming national events and activities of the BSP are the 64th Annual National Council Meeting on 2020 to be held in Cebu, the 14th National Rover Moot to be held in Antique, and the 61st Annual National Scout Executives Conference on 2020 to be held in Zamboanga City.

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