XXIV Centralamerican Camporee 2014

Over 700 brother scouts together with one slogan,
"All for a better world."

The National Scout Association of Panama, in celebration of 100 years of the Scout presence in Panama strengthening the values of youth, conducted from 20 to 25 January this year the Centralamerican Camporee XXIV. It was held at the Amador Causeway in Panama City.

This event was filled with great joy, fellowship, skills, scout techniques, fun adventure, sight seeing and much scout brotherhood. During the days of the event around 700 young people and adults were involved coming from Panama and all Central America (Costa Rica, Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala) and as special guests our Caribbean brothers from the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico, and representing South America our brothers from Colombia.

The first day of the event was when the vast majority of delegations arrived, ready to start building their patrol tents in the 4 subcamps that had the names (Caribbean, Isthmian, Interiorana and Canal). For evening activity participants enjoyed a variety of interesting activities. The entrance of the flags representing each of the delegations showed the pride of each of the participants.

On the night of Thursday 23, as part of the Supper of the Heads of Delegation, the signing of agreements between the National Association of Scouts of Panama, the construction company Norberto Odebretch and World Vision organization was conducted.

Along with World Vision, Panama Scouts began a training programme with the latest technology for capacity building in risk management tasks and first responders in emergency situations. The President of the Scout Association of Panama, Carlos Torres, said these agreements open many possibilities aimed directly at the youth membership, and demonstrate the projection of the values that have been practided in sciuting in the north of Panama for one hundred years.

Friday morning was one of great expectation primarily by competitors of Primer Iron Scout Centroamericano, organized by the Scout Association of Panama.

With much anticipation and months of preparation in the disciplines of swimming, cycling and Fondismo, young people gave everything in attempting these difficult skills, in which the main purpose was to show the determined spirit that characterizes us as Scouts. In this competition Honduras won the first place, followed by Panama with Nicaragua third.
For Saturday was organized with great enthusiasm the Nations Fair, attended by each of the delegationsm, non-profit organizations and officials of the state.

Also part of the show was a mock accident organized by firefighters and featuring young people from different countries to the delight of the audience to demonstrate how the security personnel act in an emergency .

A crucial part of the event was the media coverage by televisión, radio and social networks during the 5 day event. There were live broadcast from the camp, radio and web for all of Central America, in addition to tracking each event's official Camporee Facebook. Visiting broadcasters and newspapers filled our scouts with expectation for they were captured by the cameras and microphones. More than half a dozen media tracked all activity.

For Saturday night, nostalgia seized more than 700 participants at the close of the event, because after a week of sharing with brothers from different countries, nobody wanted to leave.

The conclusión was that this event was for each of the participants a great scout adventure and they took away in their hearts that warm bond of brotherhood and commitments that we share, as part of the youth movement that has made history with the good deeds. Our youth strive to créate a prosperous future as responsible citizens and a society with sound moral values.

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