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6TH AGBU “ANTRANIK” SCOUT CAMP GATHERS 300 SCOUTS FROM AROUND THE WORLD IN ARMENIA

 

 

 

The AGBU Antranik Scout Camp, carried out within the framework of AGBU Summer Youth Programs, runs two sessions each summer in the Lermontovo Valley, in Armenia’s Lori region. This year, participants of the 6th annual camp included 300 male and female Scouts, ranging in age from 13-18. Under the able and dedicated leadership of Kevork Santourian, Executive Director of AGBU-AYA of Lebanon, the Scouts enjoyed the nature of their homeland, visited historical sites, enriched their knowledge, and became inspired. Life-long friendships were rekindled and new ones were made. Santourian has been the driving force behind the AGBU Antranik Scout Camp in Armenia since its inception in 2007. About 2,000 Scouts have participated and benefited from his guidance and experience. A typical day for the Scouts included morning exercises and a flag-raising ceremony, followed by breakfast, tent and territory cleaning, hikes, lectures, games and supper. In the evenings, Scouts enjoyed their campfire, while singing, dancing and sharing their daily impressions, before lowering the flag. In addition to their regular, daily activities, Scouts traveled around the country to visit beautiful and historic sites such as the Armenian Genocide Memorial and Museum, Garni Temple, Geghard Monastery, Goshavank Monastery, Haghartsin Monastery, Lake Gosh, Lake Sevan, and St. Etchmiadzin. The Scouts spent an unforgettable day at the Tumo Center for Creative Technologies. They met with staff and students, became acquainted with the center’s activities, and watched videos made by Tumo students. Scouts visited a military unit in Vanadzor, where they met officers and soldiers, and learned weapons-handling skills. Scouts visited AGBU Armenia office, learned about Armenian Virtual College, and attended an impressive performance by the children at AGBU and Holy Etchmiadzin’s Nork Children’s Center.