August 7, 2019
On July 6, 2019, 50 members of the AGBU Pasadena and San Fernando Valley Scouts troops traveled across the world to the motherland, Armenia to partake in the annual Camp Antranik Jamboree in Dilijan, Armenia.
The troops were joined by scouts from AGBU chapters around the world, including groups from Beirut, Buenos Aires, and local scouts from Yerevan.
The trip included various site seeing excursions, where the scouts were able to embrace their Armenian culture and history at sites like Geghart, Noravank, Khor Virab, and Etchmiatsin, to name a few.
The trip concluded with a week in the wilderness outside of Dilijan at AGBU’s Camp Antranik. Activities included team building games, where lifelong friendships were formed. The scouts even managed a few volunteering events where they helped local kids at schools and orphanages. The jam packed two weeks concluded with a traditional “Kharouyg” or campfire, where guests to the camp were entertained with songs, dances and performances from the scouts.
“It was great to watch the scouts enjoy themselves during this trip, as I had the opportunity to give them the same experiences that I had as a scout. After all, that is what scouts is all about,” said Garen Kejejian, a leader-in-training from the AGBU Pasadena Scouts troop.
“It was a large undertaking that couldn’t have been possible had it not been for the hard work of our leadership teams and the support of our scouts community. I’d like to personally thank all the leaders that gave their time during this summer to make this trip a reality. We learned a lot from this trip, and I only hope that next time, we have an even larger group of kids who can enjoy Armenia and build a bond with the motherland,” said Marc Balian, the local commissioner of the AGBU Pasadena Scouts troop.