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Their presence made the 16th National Scout Jamboree Internationally relevant by making a global village through scouting. The 14-hour travel from Nepal did not exhaust the Nepalese as they joined the parade during the opening program. It was their first time to be drenched by rain yet they still enjoyed the experience.
Most of the scouts from other countries would prefer international scouting activity held in Europe but Scouter Sijal Shrestha said that their 23-scout team preferred to join scouting in the Philippines.
The jamboree lived up to the Nepalese’s expectation since they found Filipinos very hospitable. It was here that they felt very special not only because of the warm atmosphere but because of the warm smile of the Filipinos.
Scouting in their country had no difference at all with that of the Philippines. In fact, they had their own advocacies such as preparedness against calamities like flood and they volunteered in times of calamities ad helped in the orphanage.
“Scout should act in terms of scouting spirit and they should learn to be independent in order to make a better world and never give up on challenges”, Shrestha said.
One thing Filipinos could learn from them is never to waste food. “Take only what your stomach could take,” Shrestha advised. They do not even succumb to special treatment as they washed their own plate at the mess hall after taking their meal. They also prefer vegetable than meat.
It was easy to start talking with them. You simply had to say “Namaste” which means “hi”. If you wanted to manifest your symbol of friendship and equality between men in the eyes of God, then you can touch their feet.
While there is still time, take the chance to befriend them. One “Namaste” is all it takes to start the friendship.
Justynne Keigh Dano/ Correspondant
Appeared on the official Newsletter of the 16th National Jamboree of Philippines.
October 28, 2015 | Tagum City