25 May 2011 - Today, Mt Makiling, the favorite campsite and training hub of Scouts, is once again the training ground for the second batch of Vietnamese Scout Leaders. A total of 40 leaders with three facilitators from different parts of Vietnam are taking part in the Wood Badge Course organized by the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM)/ Asia-Pacific Region in collaboration with Boy Scouts of the Philippines. A regional training team from Bangladesh, India, Malaysia, Philippines and WOSM are running the course from 25-31 May 2011.
Mt Makiling in Laguna Province, Philippines is the ideal environment where the Woodbadge participants are trained in advance leadership skills to fully equip them with the know-how of delivering appropriate programs for young Scout members. While the course is going on, around 10,000 Scouts are arriving from all over the Philippines for their 15th National Jamboree from 26th to 30th May in Mt Makiling.
At the opening ceremony, WOSM Regional Director Abdullah Rasheed encouraged the Vietnamese Leaders to update and upgrade their skills through continuous training. He said, “the training course is only a beginning. Upon returning home, continue to study and earn your woodbadge beads and certificate.” He also urged for the unity among the leaders and to work towards the development of Scouting in Vietnam.
Key officials of the BSP – Vice President Wendel Avisado, International Commissioner Dale Corvera and Secretary General JR Pangilinan – visited the training camp to welcome their Vietnamese friends and to show their support.
The Wood badge training is partly funded by Mr Bill Phillips of Ecuador through the World Scout Foundation. This is the second batch of training that Bill Phillips has supported, the first batch completed the training in the same wooded area back in September 2010.