By Jel Santos
Former vice president Jejomar “Jojo” Binay will attend the biggest World Scout Jamboree, which is expected to be participated in by around 50, 000 scouts, in West Virginia, United States from July 21 to Aug. 3, 2019, his spokesperson said Friday.
Joey Salgado, Binay’s spokesperson, said the former vice president will join 50,000 other scouts from over 160 National Scout Organizations, representing more than 200 countries and territories around the world.
The 24th World Scout Jamboree is themed: “Unlock a New World.” It is jointly hosted by the Boy Scouts of America, Scouts Canada and Asociación de Scouts de México.
The World Scout Jamboree, held every four years, is the largest regular event organized by the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM).
Salgado said Binay will also join the Bronze Wolf Honours and Awards Gathering on July 23.
The Bronze Wolf is the only award presented by the WOSM World Scout Committee in recognition of an individual’s outstanding service to the Scout Movement.
In 2018, the World Scout Committee conferred the prestigious Bronze Wolf Award on Binay for his exemplary leadership and service at all levels of Scouting.
The former vice president is currently a regular member of the National Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines after his over 20-year stint as its national president.
During that time, Binay served as chairman of the Asia-Pacific Regional Scout Committee from 2007 to 2009, and 2009 to 2012.
He still remains as the only Scout Leader who held the position for two consecutive terms. At present, he serves as consultant to the Regional Scout Committee of the Asia-Pacific Region.
The educational event seeks to promote peace and understanding through various activities that encourage meaningful interaction among different nationalities.