Ticket to Life sponsor visits a troop for the first time
On 17th January 2009, Scott Teare, Director of International Division of Boy Scouts of America, visited one of the troops in the Philippines under the Ticket to Life project (TTL) for children under difficult circumstances, which is partly funded by the United States Foundation for International Scouting (USFIS).
Scouts welcomed Teare with the song, “Welcome to the Family.” This was the first time that a TTL sponsor visited the troop under this project.
During his stay with the Scouts who regularly meet at the Our Lady of Remedios Parish in Manila, he talked to the Scouts and gave away souvenirs. In return, the troop demonstrated whistle and hand signals and dramatized the Scout Law.
Also during the visit, the Thrift Programme was introduced where Scouts were given a piggy bank and encouraged to save Php1.00 a day so that they can drop Php5.00 during Troop meetings. Out of this, a child can save an estimated amount of Php2,000.00 until December 2009 that would enable him/her to attend the upcoming 26th Asia-Pacific Regional Scout Jamboree or have it as his/her personal savings.
Before he left, Teare promised to come back for the Asia-Pacific Regional Scout Jamboree in December and will bring more neckerchiefs for each Scout on the condition that they fill up their piggy bank. He said “by the scarf, I want the whole Jamboree to know that you and I are friends.”
In this visit, Boy Scouts of the Philippines TTL Coordinator Sophia Castillo, Unit Leader Jeff Alitagtag, Council Scout Executive Efren Reyes and BSP national office staff Serge Averion accompanied Teare. As regional office representative Director Syd Castillo also joined.