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Get Set, Go: BOSCOREE 2018

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Mumbai, Dec. 29. The 13th National Boscoree, a gathering of the Don Bosco Scouts and Guides is all set to commence in Nashik from 30 December 2018 to 03 January 2019. Organised by the Salesians of Don Bosco, 4815 participants, are expected to participate in this mega extravaganza, themed 'Health, Harmony and Holiness'.
In the pre-camp preparatory days on 27 and 28 December, the Boscoree organisers assessed the preparation made thus far, focusing on sorting of souvenirs, camp book, staves and the Teenager magazines into sub camps. Each committee is finalising the preparations, with Father Savio Silvera, Father Glenford Lowe and Father Ian Doulton closely monitoring the completion of preparations.

All the sub camp chiefs with their assistants and team are working on tent pitching. BOSCOREE 2018 is awaiting the participants, preparing their campsites to welcome the Scouts and Guides who are expected from all over the country, pitching tents, organizing their camp areas, erecting the flagpoles and preparing their camp gates. While a good deal of work was accomplished there are still things to check off the list.

The following schools - Little Flower School Imphal, Auxilium Higher Secondary School Meghalaya Shillong, Don Bosco Chingmerong Imphal, Don Bosco high School Satgaon, and St. Thomas high School Tinsukia, Don Bosco School Siaha Mizoram, Auxilium Convent School (New Church, West Bengal), Don Bosco Hr. Sec. School Umswai, Don Bosco School Mao Gate, Holy Child School Guwahati, St. Mary's Convent School Geyzing, St. Mary's Rosseta Guide Company Chenikuthi, St. Anthony's Hr. Sec. School Shillong, St. Joseph's High School, Moranhat, Assam, St. Mary's high School, Barpeta Road, Assam, Mendal, St. Xavier's (Don Bosco) Harmulty, Lakhimpur, DBHS Karbi, Little Flower Hr. Sec. School Dibrugarh, Assam - have already arrived at the campsite, even though many of their trains were delayed by seven to nine hours. Father Rolvin, Father Ajoy, Brother Neville are coordinating the travel arrangements.

The food committee on its toes since the morning of 27 December has been catering to 250 organizers reaching a total of 380 people (250 organizers & 131 participants) for breakfast and lunch on the 28 December.

190 mobile toilets are installed in the camp area, with all the washrooms and toilets of the Don Bosco School and Kilbill School made available. A total of 54 housekeeping staff are working round the clock to maintain cleanliness, hygiene and sanitation.

The programme committee is rehearsing for the grand Opening Ceremony, Peace Rally, grand Camp Fire, and Valedictory function. The unique feature of this edition of the Boscoree 2018 is the DIGITAL CAMPFIRE, without using wood, ensuring that along with a no-plastic focus, the entire event is eco-friendly.

The work of sorting 4,500 camp kits containing 45,000 different souvenirs for 16 sub camps has also been completed. A total of 76 Rovers and Rangers from Naigaon, Nashik, Alirajpur, Lonavla and Dakor are participating as volunteers. Prominent local newspapers in Nashik like the Sakal, Lokmat Times, Maharashtra Times, Pudhari, Loksatta, Divya Marathi, Punya Nagari, carried 'curtain raiser' articles on 27 December 2018.

Father Ian Doulton, 13th National Boscoree Camp Chief said, ''there's lot of excitement and enthusiasm in the air. With all the scouts and guides arriving tomorrow, we will be truly on course.''



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