by a Grade 2 Mother
Waking up on the morning of October 14, my son could not contain his excitement. With a feeling of elation, he hugged me, his sisters and yaya before leaving for school, declaring that today was his Kab Scout Investiture.
My husband and I rushed from work arriving at Xavier School barely a few minutes before 1:00 pm. We were fortunate to see the boys lining up about to enter the MPH. From the beaming look on their faces, I knew this was going to be one special event.
The boys proudly marched into the hall with their kawan leaders, the opening prayers were delivered with utmost sincerity, and our national anthem was sung with voices so loud and vibrant. When the boys made their pledge of loyalty to the Philippine flag, I could fee their earnest determination inspite of their youth. I was impressed with Dr. Joseph Ng, the key guest speaker, who made a powerful analogy of Kab scouts to superheroes. The boys should aspire to emulate no less than their superheroes in the service of God, their country and others. Dr. Ng’s lively discussion brought to life the motto “laging handa” by calling the scouts to obedience, discipline, responsibility and generosity in every part of their lives, whether in school or at home. I was delighted at how the boys including my son participated actively, indicating that they fully understood. I hope that this resolve will remain in their hearts and minds along after their Kab scout days.
The kawan leaders were then promptly installed and the parents made their pledges, signifying that both parties indeed bear the sacred responsibility of our boys’ formation.
The scouts then took their oath and pledged their allegiance to the laws and ideals of scouting, followed by a solemn candle-lighting ceremony led by selected students. The flicker of light from their candles filled the room with hope for the future of our country – as indeed, these young scouts are. When Fr. Art Borja, S.J. blessed the kerchiefs, it felt as if he was cementing these lofty intentions with the Lord’s seal of approval.
The personal highlight for me was when we, parents, were asked to place the kerchiefs with carabao slides around the necks of our sons. A million cameras clicked at smiling faces; there was as much excitement among the parents as with their sons. Much like graduation day, this event gave us a foretaste of future important occasions that our sons will share with us. Like all other proud mothers, I realized for a poignant moment that my child was no longer a baby. In fact, he had already grown up, ready to contribute to the betterment of society.
On this note, I urge all parents to encourage their young scouts to embrace the ideals of scouting, as these relate to precious lessons of life and humanity.