My dad disappeared and I blame it to Scouting
One fine morning, my dad was missing. When my mom, my elder brother and my younger sister woke up, we did not find him anywhere in the house. We even looked at my Dad’s workplace which is just adjacent to our house. He was not there, too! My mom thought he went to town to buy his daily newspaper and some bread for our breakfast.
Noon came, we ate lunch and still no dad! My mom was worried. Dinner came and still no dad. Until it was time to sleep. My Dad never returned home that particular day and night. At this time, I was sure my Mom did not sleep that night, worrying about where my dad had gone.
Early in the morning of the following day, somebody rang the doorbell. It was the designated “emissary” of our dad – Fr. Apolinario Icarangal. Fr. Apol was a very close friend of my Dad and was the same person who convinced my dad to take the Woodbadge Training. Fr. Apol disclosed to our Mom that our dad went off for a week-long Woodbadge training in Mt. Makiling, Philippines. Our mom was so upset but at the same time was not able to do anything but smile in front of the priest.
We found out later that it was part of our dad’s grand plan that my Mom should not suspect – not a slightest hint, that he was going away. Dad assumed that our Mom will not allow him to be away for one week. And therefore, every time there was an opportunity to go to the town proper or to go to Manila, our Dad shopped for supplies he needed for this one-week training – socks, underwear, undershorts, shoes, blanket – everything! He built his supplies and equipment over a period of time and hid his stash in his work place. Subsequently, he went to Mt. Makiling quietly to attend the training without our knowledge.
Service to Scouting
Our dad belongs to Commissioner Woodbadge No. 56 and earned his two beads. He was an active trainer. Moreover, he is one of the pioneer training team members of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines San Pablo City Council along with Cecilio B. Perez, Dante Jaurigue, Olympio Aguilar, Father Apolinario Icarangal.
Importantly, our dad served as the last Council President (1973) of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines, San Pablo City Council – under Commonwealth Act 111. He also served as the first Council President (1975) of San Pablo City Council, when the Boy Scouts of the Philippines was re-organized under Presidential Decree 460.
Our dad was recognized with the Gold Usa for Meritorious Service to the Boy Scouts of the Philippines. He was awarded his fourth bead, as a Leader Trainer, posthumously. He was held the title of Grand Knight and was buried in Knight of Columbus uniform. To know more about my Dad, you may want to read my earlier article on our dad, My dad could have been 85 years old today!
What is Woodbadge Training?
Woodbadge Training is the adult leader training in Scouting. It is considered the highest unit leadership training course for Scout Leaders.
In 1919, the founder of Scouting, Lord Robert Baden Powell, started the Woodbadge traning to recognize adult leaders of Scout Troops that they were properly trained. Since then, Wood Badge training is conducted worldwide provides advanced leader training to thousands of Scout Leaders.
To know more about the Woodbadge Training, here is a very good article by The Scout Association.