Thursday, November 4, 2010
BIS #2122 STARTING AFRESH WITH 'GRO MO 2010'
LONAVALA, NOVEMBER 4, 2010: A decade ago, prophets of doom predicted that ‘GRO MO’ would be ‘NO MORE’... Today, as the scout flag was lowered and the tents pulled down, one could sense a new breath of life for Scouting in the Province. ‘GRO MO’ is here to stay. Thanks to Fr. Ajoy Fernandes, Vice-Provincial, who made every effort to give ‘GRO MO’ another chance. The three hundred and thirty one scouts (265) and guides (66), seven volunteers, sixteen Scout Masters and Seven Guide Captains, together with a dynamic team of eighteen young Salesians and led by our Camp Chief, Fr. Goyal and ably supported by Fr. Lorenzo, Fr. Glenn and Bro. Savio made GRO MO 2010 a wonderful Scouting experience for all.
Fr. Cletus D’Souza lit the camp fire. Circling around the grand campfire and under the starry skies, dancing away to rhythmic drums and traditional songs, interspersed with scout yells and yarns, the competition was stiff all through. Surely, Lord Baden Powell would have smiled upon each one… his dream was still living on.
The final morning dawned with the scouts and guides at their very best. At the official flag break ceremony, Fr. Flovi D’Souza, Principal of Don Bosco – Savedi, highlighted the need to create ‘perspective change’ to overcome the challenges of today. He brought home the message that a ‘Perspective change’ triggers a ‘procedural change’ and then the results and fruits are phenomenal.
A few hours later, the rain gods showered their blessings upon the camp site with a very heavy downpour. Surely, the seeds sown at ‘GRO MO 2010’ have every reason to germinate…. The ‘growing’ has already begun. We look forward to GRO MO 2012. Thanks to all at Don Bosco Lonavala for being there for ‘GRO MO 2010’.