The 11th National Boscoree 2010, at DBHSS, Dimapur, Nagaland, came to a close on January 2.
Fr. (Dr.) James Poonthuruthil, the Salesian Provincial, Dimapur, at the valedictory function urged participants to carry the wonderful inspirations and experiences gained from the Boscoree and be a beacon of light in their home environment.
Quoting Robin S. Sharma’s book “The Monk Who Sold his Ferrrari” he said “Time slips through our hands like grains of sand never to return again”.
He reminded the Scouts and Guides movement was a wonderful platform and an opportunity for the young to use the God-given time wisely.
He also stressed that by living the principles and values of the movement, then only one could achieve success in life.
In a similar strain as the inspiring and unforgettable words inscribed in the epitaph of Kohima War cemetery, Nestor Guria SDB, Vice Provincial of the host province, reminded the scouts and guides that when they get back home, they should tell others of the beauty of human life seen and experiences in the North East.
The five long day of camping by Scouts and Guides saw a variety of competitive and adventurous activities. It included games, quiz, pioneering projects for coping with variety of life situations, display of arts, artifacts and traditional dances, activities leading to national integration and conflict resolution.
The more than 2500 scouts and guides had an opportunity to interact with one another from different states of India and add yeast to their growth.
Present for the occasion included Fr. Dominic Sequiera, representing Youth Pastoral Department, Rome, Fr. Maria Charles, South Asian Delegate for DBYA, South Asian coordinator for Education and Culture and secretary to AIDBES, Guides and Guide captains, Boscouts and Scoutmasters, fathers, brothers, sisters and accompanying teachers and guardians.
On Sunday, the participants of 11th National Boscoree, took out one of the most colourful and message filled “Peace rally” through the byways and lanes of Dimapur beckoning everyone to peace and harmony.
The peace rally escorted by Dimapur Police, marched through the town of Dimapur, the commercial hub of Nagland, bringing home the message that peace is what we need in the 365 days ahead.
The rally was preceded by a photo exhibition by Thechano Kithan, an imminent poet, artist, photo-Journalist, and author of “Whispering Rocks”