James L Gordon Scout Council

Wednesday, June 27, 2007


For inquiries or question:
email: me_geyo@yahoo.com

Training Period (July-Sept)
All Basic Training Courses, Patrol/Crew Leader’s Training Courses and other Council sponsored activities are scheduled in this period. Any Institution who wish to conduct their own PLTC/CLTC must coordinate with the Council ahead of time.

July 6-8 Basic Training Course-Troop Leader (Private Schools)
Columban College, Barretto Campus
July 26-28 Basic Training Course-Leader’s of Adult
July 21 Rover RENDEZVOUZ and VIGIL
July 28 National Board of Review for Eagle Scouts
July 20-22 Council’s Patrol / Crew Leader’s Training Course
Aug. 3-4 Basic Electronics/Electricity/Computer Seminar (Module 1)
Aug. 11-13 Basic Training Course-TL/Kawan Leaders
Aug. 18 Seminar on Unit Advancement and Activity Planning
Aug. 18 Seminar on Personality Development (Rovers)
Aug. 19 SPIRITUAL UPLIFMENT Seminar (for Patrol/Crew Leaders)
Aug. 24-25 Basic Electronics/Electricity/Computer Seminar (Module 2)
Sept. 29 National Board of Review for Eagle Scouts

Aug. 1 Scout Memorial Day (start of James L. Gordon Countdown to 24)
an exhibit of Olongapo’s history of Scouting
Sept. 8 Council YOUTH Forum / Rover Summit
Oct. 23-29 Participation to the 14th National Jamboree /
In celebration of the Centenary of World Scouting
Due date of Registration: Aug. 31, 2007
Pre-Jamboree Training Orientation: Sept. 15-16, 2007
Nov. 03-4 Council Eagle Scout Conclave and ESAP Assembly
Eagle and Venturer Scouts Rendezvous
Nov. 30-Dec.1 First Mother and Son FUN Camp (for KAB and KID Scouts)
Dec.14-16 Council XMAS Camp (Sisterhood Camp with Scouts from Singapore)
Dec. 15 Council XMAS and Thanksgiving Party
Dec. 23 Council Handog Pamasko para sa Kabataan ng Olongapo

All activities are tentatively set, any scouts who wish to participate in any of the activity may email the council at the email provided above.

Monday, June 04, 2007


April 1997

Soft night winds bring a bit of chill to the skin yet, nobody really cares. There is warmth from burning logs, cracking as it tumbles down, sending thousands of fiery dust upwards propelled by the breeze. Forest night creatures sing their song, competing and badly losing to a Boy Scout Troop campfire. Forming a loose circle, the boys with their patrol flags slowly waving from the soft breeze, sit on the soft grass while listening to the man we admiringly called, "Sir Frank." No, this is not medieval times, nor was this man knighted by the Queen of England. He is about five feet and six inches tall, close to one hundred forty pounds with an erect posture. Even from a distance, the scouts know him right away, short clipped graying hair, steady stride, soft spoken nasal voice, and an ever smiling face. He is a familiar sight.

A successful travel business office owner, a former soldier during World War II, Sir Frank is the president of the Olongapo City Boy Scout Council and a father figure to hundreds of elementary and high school Boys Scouts like me. Oh yes, there are many other outstanding, dedicated men and women like, Sir Max, Sir Eli, Mr. and Mrs. Matias, Mr. and Mrs. Mendigorin, Mr. Bautista, and many others. But to the young scouts, Sir Frank is different. During times, when heroes are Superman, Batman and other comic characters, boys knew champions with names like, Sir Baden-Powell, Boyce, Daza, Nerick. While these admirable men were undeniable icons, we never met them, let alone spoke to them. To us, Sir Frank is very real.

The summer wind gust by, unfurling patrol flags, exposing animal silhouettes that designate the names of the group. Colorful ribbons adorn the flags signifying awards won through competitions. Five groups of boys among friends, twenty eight scouts having fun, learning together, and at this moment, quietly watching the man. He is recounting a story of a mother's last letter from her soldier son about war experiences and of Boy Scouting. As he stands inside a circle of boys and flags, wearing that distinctive khaki boy scout uniform; green neckerchief around the collar held by a leather slide called a wobble, neatly pressed short sleeve shirt with multitude of colorful patches, short pants that stop at exactly four inches from the knee, long cotton green socks with bright green tabs and a pair of shiny low cut black oxford leather shoes, one can clearly see a poster portrait of a leader. Watching him stand and pace around as he narrates the story makes me wonder what it is like to march with him through the jungle of Bataan and Zambales during the fight against the Japanese. Though he never tells us his personal war story, we know his exploits through his son, David, one of my best friends. This humbleness strikes deep down to many boys, unlike some of our leaders that we can pry their war story and be amazed and thrilled, Sir Frank never relates a single incident to us! He just smiles or chuckles here and there, while others tell their story.

As the Scoutmaster gestures as if he is opening the letter from the soldier, my mind is trying to accomplish two things, one is to listen to the story while the other half is asking, how many lives has he saved or how many enemies has he taken. The War Plan Orange B of General Douglas MacArthur called for delaying Japanese through a series of defensible lines so that the bulk of Filipino-American forces could withdraw into Bataan Peninsula . He was part of those forces, the hands that are mimicking the opening of envelop are the same hands that went through the futile battles against overwhelming odds and horror of the infamous Death March that followed after the surrender of the United States Army Forces-Far East. Those wrinkled, bony but strong hands are the same hands that gladly reached out and firmly shook my own when this boy received the highest rank of Boy Scouts of the Philippines . That was a momentous occasion! That was a privilege.

Discharged with the rank of Major in the Infantry after the war, he became a successful businessman. As the United States Navy is the prime employer of the city, he clearly saw the need of a travel agency and founded his firm. To me and many other boys, this foresight is beyond our imagination and simply put, beyond our care, we are just thankful for Sir Frank's wisdom which gave us a chance to improve our selves through the Scouting Movement. One could only guess how many lives were changed for better because of his wisdom and vision.

Fire is still dancing through the mild breeze while stacked black burnt out logs crashes down, sending again flurries of lighted embers spiraling towards the dark sky. A fascinating scene that lasts only for a heart beat. Unlike the lighted embers of campfires that momentarily light up the black, chilly night, only to disappear in a flash, this wonderful man will remain in my heart forever. Sir Frank Malicsi, the Scoutmaster and my hero.

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Saturday, June 02, 2007

Baguio Boy Scouts join jamboree in UK

BAGUIO CITY: Two Boy Scouts from Baguio will join the Philippine delegation to the 21st World Scout Jamboree in Hylands Park, Chelmsford, England, from July 27 to August 8.

Christopher John Daoey, 14, and Edward F. Pedro, 15, both of the Easter College School, are ready to join some 40,000 people from nearly every nation from seven continents in the biggest scouts’ gathering.

The 21st World Scout Jamboree under the theme “One World One Promise” coincides with the centennial of the founding of Scouting on Brownsea Island. The first World Scout Jamboree took place in England in 1920.

“I was surprised when I was informed that I will be part of the World Scout Jamboree and it’s really an honor to represent the city and the country,” said Daoey.

Pedro, for his part, said he was also not expecting the announcement but said he is prepared to share the experiences of the Philippine Boy Scouts. “We will do our best there,” he said.

Daoey and Pedro were among the Boy Scouts who joined in the cleaning of some 20 familiar landmarks and busts of personalities who made great contributions to the city.

The clean-up campaign is a joint effort between the Baguio Centennial Commission and the Boy Scout of the Philippines-Baguio Chapter.

The two scouts are encouraging other young boys to join the BSP, saying that it is one of the best training grounds for leadership and becoming responsible citizens.

Both scouts expressed concern for the growing number of young people involved in juvenile offenses, which they claimed could have been avoided if they were members of the BSP or any other civic-oriented youth groups.

Over 46,000 boy scouts from the 216 countries which have a Scout Movement recognition (as member of the World Organization of the Scout Movement) will be camping for the event, with many others attending for day visits.

The World Scout Jamboree is the largest regular event organized by the Scout Movement. It takes place every four years in a different country. It is above all an educational event to promote peace and understanding among young people all over the world.
--Harley Palangchao - Manila Times

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