by BIS Correspondent
LONAVLA, MAY 8, 2017: As part of a summer programme, Shelter Don Bosco boys attended a five- day scout camp at Maria Ashiana, Lonavla from April 25- 30. Over 30 boys between the age group 12 to 17 years were selected for the camp. It was organised by Clerics Kiran Ruptakke, Ankit Devda and Anil Ninama with the staff of Shelter, to explain to the boys the importance of scouts and guides.
Most of the sessions were practical and value based. The boys learnt whistle codes, signs, knots, first aid and flag break. Brother Felix Almeida and his scouts from Don Bosco School, Lonavla assisted the boys with a few sessions.
All the activities were carried out in teams. Trekking to Macro Tower mountain, the highest point of Lonavla was the climax of the camp, where the boys as good scouts voluntarily cleared the area of waste bottles, plastic and paper.
The scout camp ended with a campfire and the boys addressed pressing issues concerning the environment like saving water and reducing pollution. Father Jesu Robinson citing the life of scout founder Baden Powell, said, " Once a scout always a scout, who should integrate into his own life all that he has learnt to help fellow human beings."
It was an enriching scouting experience for the Shelter boys.The staff and boys of Maria Ashiana went out of their way to make the camp a success.