Don Bosco College, Aluva organized the Basic Course for Scout Masters at Kerala State Training Centre (STC), Palode in Thiruvananthapuram, from November 17 to 23, 2009. 44 brothers from the College including the brothers from the Josephites of Murialdo participated in the camp. The training had been preceded by Two Day initiation given earlier in the College itself.
Brothers accompanied by Fr. Previnth Joe Tony (Dean and Principal), Br. Manu (the Salesian Assistant) and Mr. Johny (cook), left for Thiruvananthapuram on the 16th evening and reached the Centre at 9.30 am on the 17th. The camp began shortly after the brothers settled down in their allotted tents.
The camp was led by Mr. N.J. Mathai, and his team – Mr. G. Samkutty, Mr. T.V. Bhuvanedran, Mr. Johnson K.T., under the guidance of Mr. Edward (Chief training Commissioner). During the seven days of hectic training, brothers were trained in various skills, including rope work, first aid, camping, hiking, mapping and even conducting camps. The sessions were enriched by songs and games and reached its peak with the campfire in the evening.
Brothers were also given a very good picture of the Scout Movement. Fr. Previnth, Br. Manu and Mr. Johny prepared the meals and saw to the nourishment of the entire camp. Besides preparing meals Fr. Previnth also saw to the spiritual care of the brothers. There was daily Eucharistic celebration. Time was available also for morning prayers. Rosary and night prayers were said by brothers in their tents. Brothers went to a neighbouring parish on the Solemnity of Christ the King. The Mass was celebrated by Fr. Ittira Mondoth, the Vice Rector of Don Bosco College.
The scout camp concluded on the evening of 22nd Nov. and the camp masters expressed their sentiments of gratitude and satisfaction for the time spent with the brothers. The brothers too were happy with the camp.
On 23rd morning, the College team left the centre for Aluva on Kanyakumari –Mumbai Express and reached the house by 4 pm.
Brothers extended their gratitude to the College for giving such an opportunity to be a part of such great movement, which could be useful in their apostolate.
Bro Edwin Kurisinkal, SDB