BIURAKAN–Armenia–More than 650 scouts representing 16 countries gathered at a campsite Monday for the opening of the 8th pan-Armenian scouting jamboree organized by Homenetmen.
Present at the opening ceremonies for were chairman of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation Bureau Hrand Markarian–Primate of the Argadzotn Diocese Rev. Torgom Donikian–members of the Homenetmen Central Executive and other guests.
At the beginning of the inaugural–representatives from each country participated in a flag ceremony where the flags of each guest country was raised. This was followed by the raising of the Armenian tri-color and the Homenetmen flag.
This impressive ceremony was followed by a message delivered by Lucine Kazezian who spoke on behalf of the Homenetmen Lebanon Regional Executive–expressing disappointment that its members were unable to participate in this event due to the continuous bombing of the country by Israel.
Kazezian explained that despite months of preparation and excitement–the scouts from Lebanon were unable to attend–adding that while they were not physically present at the jamboree each and every scout in Lebanon was there with heart and soul.
Hratch Shmavonian–chairman of the Homenetmen Armenia (HASK) Regional Executive welcomed all the participants and expressed hope that this jamboree will–once again–become an opportunity to create new memories.
Following remarks by jamboree director Alec Khatchatryan–who underscored the important role of gatherings such as the jamboree in the lives of young Armenia’s–ARF Bureau chairman Markarian welcomed the participants.
In his remarks–Markarian stressed that the mission of the Homenetmen and the ARF did not differ from one another–stressing that the Homenetmen has an important mission in Armenia as the nation continues to become strong country.
By comparing Homenetmen to a volunteer army–Markarian underscored the important role the organization plays throughout the world in bringing together Armenia’s and especially the Armenian youth.
On behalf of the Homenetmen Central Executive–Garbis Kabasakalian highlighted the significance of being able to convene the jamboree in Armenia as the most natural setting for the organization since its mission of bringing Armenia’s together is fully realized when its scouts gather in the homeland.
After the convocation by Primate Donikian–the jamboree officially began–with the participating scouts each beginning to take part in the various activities.
The jamboree will conclude on Wednesday–August 9–at which time the participants will tour Armenia.