Five years ago, in 2008, AGBU launched the scout movement in Armenia. Initially consisting of only several members, today the AGBU Yerevan Scout Movement has over 150 members. In the summer of the same year AGBU held its first “Antranik” scout camp in its private campsite in Lermonto village of Armenia’s Lori region. Over the past five years more than 1,500 scouts from all over the world have participated in the “Antranik” scout camp. The 5th jubilee AGBU “Antranik” scout camp opened its doors to about 200 scouts from Lebanon, Syria, Georgia, Armenia and Artsakh on July 2 with the traditional flag ceremony. The day at the camp starts with morning exercises and the flag ceremony, continues with breakfast, cleaning, hikes, lectures, games and discussions, and then an evening supper, dancing and singing around the fire, followed by the evening flag ceremony. Camp days are also filled with sightseeing, meetings with different state officials and public figures, as well as visits to the AGBU programs in Armenia. During their stay in Armenia the scouts visited Etchmiadzin, Haghartsin, Goshavank, Garni, Geghard, Sardarapat, Gyumri, Matenadaran, Tsitsernakabert, went on hiking trips to Dsegh, Margahovit and Lake Gosh. This annual scout gathering is an excellent opportunity for the scouts to explore Armenia's beautiful nature, visit its landmarks, learn scout-craft, volunteer their time for community service projects, and form friendships with other youngsters, preparing and sharing the everyday meal, supporting each other, and gathering around the camp fire in the evening to share experiences. Days spent in the outdoors strengthen the feeling of teamwork and active involvement in community service. AGBU scouts also visited the AGBU Armenian Representation office, AGBU Armenian Virtual College and AGBU and Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin Youth Centers. The first traditional fire ceremony of the 5th “Antranik” scout camp took place on July 15 with many guests in attendance including honored guests, Mr. Karnig Yacoubian, AGBU Board of Trustees member; Mr. Vasken Yacoubian, AGBU Central Board member, who personally helped to found the AGBU scout camp in Armenia; participants of two other AGBU youth programs - Yerevan Summer Internship Program and Musical Armenia program; and other officials and parents. Official congratulatory and greeting speeches were made by Kevork Santourian, Executive Director of AGBU-AYA Lebanon, and Karnig and Vasken Yacoubian, followed by a concert program prepared by the scouts with special surprise performances from AGBU Musical Armenia program participants. The 5th AGBU “Antranik” scout camp closed its doors on July 30. The scouts returned home to wait impatiently for next summer to arrive bringing with it the chance for a new adventure in Armenia as well as new friends.


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