November 23, 2013 was a very memorable day: AGBU Yerevan Scouts celebrated the 5th anniversary of the AGBU Yerevan Scout Movement and held their Annual Scout Gala Banquet. Early in the morning, Scouts had gathered at the Arabkir Youth Center of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin and AGBU, filling the auditorium for a traditional swearing-in ceremony. New members joined the movement, received their uniforms and vowed to carry with pride the honorable title and with it, bear the responsibility that comes with being an AGBU Scout. Congratulatory speeches were delivered by AGBU Armenia Deputy Director Hovig Eordekian, AGBU Diaspora Youth Programs Coordinator Herminé Duzian, and Head of the Youth Centers Reverend Father Komitas Hovnanian. Certificates of thanks were awarded to former heads and members of the movement, as well as those who have played a significant role in the development of the AGBU Yerevan Scout Movement since its establishment. When first begun, the movement, comprised of only a handful of members, met weekly at the Arabkir Youth Center. Today, five years later, the movement has more than 200 active members in Yerevan, and has expanded its activities and meetings to the Nork Youth Center. Throughout the year, in addition to their weekly gatherings, the Scouts organize a variety of events, festivities, camping and hiking trips, visits and more. They are knowledgeable and respectful, have a high sense of responsibility and commitment, are always ready to help others, and are active participants and welcomed guests at various public and state initiatives. For many, the high point of their year is the annual Antranik Scout Camp, held in Armenia’s Lori Region (Lermontovo Village). Hundreds of AGBU Scouts from all over the world gather here to enjoy a month of camping and scouting activities. In the past five years, more than 500 Scouts from around the globe have participated. On the evening of November 23, AGBU Yerevan Scouts hosted their annual Gala Banquet at Armenia Marriott Hotel’s Tigran the Great hall. Hundreds of long-time supporters of the movement and AGBU members including AGBU Central Board members Vasken Yacoubian and Dr. Yervant Zorian, AGBU Armenia Director Arpi Vartanian, Deputy Director Hovig Eordekian, Diaspora Youth Programs Coordinator Herminé Duzian, other benefactors, guests, and former heads and members of the movement joined the Scouts. The fun-filled evening was full of dancing, singing, games, special performances, surprises, awards and more. Marking the fifth anniversary, plaques were awarded to the founders and supporters of the AGBU Yerevan Scout Movement: AGBU Council of Trustees Member Karnig Yacoubian and his wife Ani Yacoubian, AGBU Central Board Member Vasken Yacoubian, AGBU Armenia Deputy Director Hovig Eordekian, AGBU Diaspora Youth Programs Coordinator Herminé Duzian, Antranik Scout Camp Director Kevork Santourian, Varoujan and Seda Masarajian, Kevork and Aline Sarian, former heads of the AGBU Scout Yerevan Karen Tirarian and Edward Ter-Gasparian, and Sona Rastgelenian.