AGBU Antranik Scout Camp In Armenia Offers Summer Of Exploration


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Thursday July 30, 2009

Lermontovo, Lori Province, Armenia – The Armenian General Benevolent
Union’s (AGBU) Antranik Scout Camp, located near this village in the
Lori region, opened its doors for the second consecutive year on July
15. This year, Antranik Camp will host 300 scouts from Iran, Iraq,
Syria, Lebanon and the United States. AGBU’s Yerevan-based scout troop,
established last year, will also participate in the summer festivities.

An opening ceremony on July 15 started with the prayer of Father
Sassoun Zumrookhdian, Vicar-General of Tavush region, who also
delivered a short requiem ceremony for the victims of the Caspian
Airlines flight between Tehran and Yerevan, which had crashed that
same day. Among the plane crash victims were two sisters, Shogher
and Nairi Stepanian, who were scouts in the AGBU Tehran chapter.

The ceremony, which included the scout oath and a flag-raising, was
attended by a number of Lori regional authorities, clergy members
from the local Gugarats Diocese, AGBU Armenian Representation members,
and other guests from Yerevan.

In addition to on-site camp activities and educational talks, AGBU
scouts will participate in a community-service project and embark
on day trips to historic monuments and landmarks around the country,
including a visit to the Holy See of Etchmiadzin.

The AGBU Antranik Scout Camp is supervised by Kevork Santourian,
executive secretary of the AGBU Armenian Youth Association (AYA)