National Scout Movement of Armenia “HASK” celebrated centenary of Armenian Scouting by an international Jamboree held in Byurakan, Armenia on August 3-11, 2012. More than 230 scouts from 15 countries (including Lebanon, Syria, France, as well as scout organizations of the Armenian Cultural Associations in Iran, and Eurasia Scout Region) took part in the Jamboree.
Grand opening ceremony took place at the “Liberty” Square in Yerevan. Participants marched to the square with the flags of their countries. Luc Panissod, Secretary General of the World Organization of the Scout Movement, Garnik Mkrtchyan, Chairman of the Central Committee of Homenetmen (Armenian General Athletic Union), as well as representatives of various state departments were among the guests invited to the event. Later, after the opening ceremony all the guests and heads of contingents were invited to the opening ceremony of HASK’s new and well-appointed headquarters.
Within the framework of the rich and diverse programme of the International Jamboree, participants visited Tsitsernakaberd Memorial and bowed to the memory of the victims of Armenian Genocide. They have also visited St. Etchmiadzin and climbed the highest mountain in Armenia, Aragats (4095 meters above sea level), participated in interesting events full of historical and cultural elements, national music and dances.
Worth mentioning is the successful practice of professional mountain-climbing at the Jamboree.
In the atmosphere of true enthusiasm another ceremony took place in Byurakan. Luc Panissod, Secretary General of WOSM planted a silvery fir tree as a symbol of eternal memory. The ceremony was held under the notes of the song “Armenia” of Charles Aznavour, a well-known French and Armenian chansonnier. It was followed by an entertaining program with national music and dances.
Mrs. Hranush Hakobyan, Minister of Diaspora of Armenia, visited Campsite on August 4. She granted the highest award of the Ministry of Diaspora, Golden Medals to Luc Panissod, Secretary General of the World Organization of the Scout Movement and Garnik Mkrtchyan, Chairman of the Central Committee of Homenetmen.
Prime-minister of Armenia, Mr Tigran Sargsyan has also visited the participants of Jamboree. In his speech he said that he highly appreciated the role of Scouting in upbringing and educating new generations. He welcomed and congratulated all scouts and wished them lots of courage and strength for new centenaries.
At the end of Jamboree participants exchanged contacts and souvenirs, taking warm and bright memories about Jamboree and Armenia with themselves.