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AN AFTERNOON WITH CLIVE BOOTH

Clive Booth

Clive Booth

Was today privileged to have been hosted by the Canon agents in Malta, Avantech Ltd., so as to meet their brand ambassador Clive Booth, for his presentation about filmmaking processes which covered from pre-production through post-production and delivery.

As a brand ambassador for Canon, Clive Booth has travelled far and wide and worked on countless projects, which over the years have made him a celebrated photographer and a filmmaker with tons of achievements under his belt.

Our afternoon with Clive today was his highlighting his latest project “McCullin in Kolkata”, which saw him and his team of collaborators following to India the world renowned and legendary octogenarian photographer Sir Don McCullin, on a trip to the Indian city of Kolkata. McCullin still revels in his craft, despite his 60-year career, and this was a last and unique opportunity for Clive Booth to chronicle a master at work, whose broad range of high quality work ranged from social documentary, war reportage, and portraiture, to landscape and still-life. Sir Don was knighted for services to photography in January 2017.

VIDEO: A MASTER AT WORK: SIR DON McCULLIN IN KOLKATA
Sir Don McCullin works through the crowds with cinematographer Chris Clarke (left): “We had to be quick on our toes, because of the fast pace of where we were shooting,” says Chris. “These environments were either really cramped, or places that were quite open but crowded with thousands of people.” Taken on a Canon EOS 5D Mark IV with a Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM lens. © Lance Miller

For this project in India, Clive Booth used the Canon EOS C300 Mark II to film Sir Don in action on the streets of a city which averages some 67,000 persons per square mile. Clive’s moviemaking also made this documentary the first-ever 4K high dynamic range (HDR) film for Canon Europe, and the world’s first project to use Adobe Team Projects for a documentary film. This usual partnership with Canon has yielded an awesome and stunning small gem of a production.

Directing and delivering McCullin in Kolkata was a task Clive took on with relish. Following Sir Don around the hot, vibrant streets of Kolkata – with its rich, contrasty colours and dark, dense shadows – was the perfect place to fully demonstrate how an HDR film could give the audience its most realistic viewing experience possible, without actually being there.

Clive Booth

Clive Booth in action

Clive’s team returned from their four days of shooting in Kolkata with more than 15 hours of footage. The process of editing the film took around three weeks and was done by Clive and his editor, Tristram Edwards. They became the first people in the world to use a new ‘hosted collaboration service’, Adobe Team Projects. Working via Adobe Creative Cloud, Clive, in his Derbyshire home, was able to see Tristram’s screen in London. Tristram would upload the cuts and they could both view and work on them simultaneously. Talk about “long-distance editing”, what !!

The resulting 19-minute film is an insightful and revealing portrait of a master of photography in action, in an environment that really pushed him to the limit. This is less about the resulting images, and more about witnessing how Don has successfully captured some of the world’s most celebrated images.

For Clive, it’s been an all-consuming project and he’s delighted with the outcome. “There’s no single aspect of the film I’m not immensely proud of,” he says. “That includes the subject matter, the cinematography, the music and the editing. It’s really about showing Don in a way that most people won’t have seen him before and I’m grateful to Canon for giving us the room to do it as we wanted. For me, hand on heart, it’s the best piece of work I’ve ever done.”

The closing scene of the film is a poignant reminder of Don’s long career and journey as a photographer. “By shooting in HDR, you’re future-proofing your work,” says Clive Booth. © Clive Booth

The closing scene of the film is a poignant reminder of Don’s long career and journey as a photographer. “By shooting in HDR, you’re future-proofing your work,” says Clive Booth. © Clive Booth

Before rolling the short film, Clive gave a presentation which gave a quick step by step overview of his process used in the making this documentary film. He showed video clips and some still images of his work and commissions, touching on pre-production, project planning and preparation.

eaahvrdw4aetp-7.jpgThe audience had several local media students mingled in with industry professionals, so Clive really interacted well with these upcoming new prospective and junior players in the industry. Clive‘s unique style, along with constant experimentation with new technologies and techniques, has attracted numerous international clients. These include fashion brands House of Holland, Hackett London, Louis Vuitton, H&M and beauty brands Amouage, Shu Uemura, MAC Cosmetics and L’Oréal. He also works for corporate giants including Asus, Intel, Fiat, EY (formerly Ernst & Young), and Aston Martin.

(See his behind the scenes (BTS, as he called it!!) of his shoot with Henry Holland: https://vimeo.com/81616695  And the the teaser about “Who is Henry Holland”, https://vimeo.com/95392395

Henry Holland

Those of us unfamiliar with his work quickly saw that over the years he had developed his own distinctive style of selective focus with natural, available, continuous, found light. This was the style which gives his work an atmospheric, ethereal quality.

Clive also touched on several other topics, namely subject matter, crew selection, location finding, shot lists and shoot challenges. He provided his own experience’s input when it came to choosing the right equipment for the shoot, camera and lens choice. All this ties in to what goes on in post-production workflow, edit, sound, grade and, subsequently, the final delivery to one’s clients. With new modern technologies, there are obviously many benefits and challenges by using a 4K HDR workflow, but Clive underlined future-proofing your project.

See the Behind the scenes of his Hackett/Aston Martin advert’s shoot

We could all grasp that he remains hugely passionate about the art of photography and filmmaking. Clive’s deep level of understanding, along with his keenness to always be at the forefront of technological change and advancing processes and equipment, has meant that he has been one of the first in Europe to shoot stills and films using (to just mention a couple in passing here !!) the Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon EOS C300, Canon EOS C300 Mark II, Canon EOS C500 in 4K, Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Canon EOS-1D X Mark II, Canon EOS 5DS, Canon EOS 5DS R, Canon EOS 5D Mark IV and Canon EOS R.

Agents who believe in your work are key, Clive stressed, as they would support your claims and creative needs, not just the basic common commercial ones. That’s when he touched all about own project promotion, teasers, trailers and social media in today’s society.

Avantech spoiled us rotten then also, by providing on site their technical staff and Canon product experts who showcased a wide variety of Canon Cinema cameras and lenses, which were available for those in the audience to touch and try including, the brand new Canon EOS C500 Mark II. View Canon’s range on web URL: https://www.avantech.com.mt/cinema-eos/

For more from and about Clive Booth, visit:

Twitter: @cliveboothphoto
Website: clivebooth.com

Clive Booth, brand ambassador for Canon

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Showcasing the Value of Scouting

A few weeks ago, I blogged about Scouts and Scouting. Am again moved to put some words together after discussing with some friends the fact that in Malta we have an ever thriving and healthy Scouting organisation for youths, with an ever present lack of adult leaders joining the Movement.

Basically, over recent years, the number of scout members  has actually increased, yet adult leaders have become a rare and scarce prized human resource commodity.

The Chief Commissioner, Anton Pisani (right), chatting with Attard Scout Group Leader (GSL) Emanuel Cremona (centre), and Assistant GSL Benjamin Micallef

The question that came to mind after the discussion with my chums was: how come scout member numbers are up when more adult leaders are lacking? The answer to this question could be a host of reasons.

I would attribute this to the perpetuated value which Scouting continues to have in our society. I view Scouting in our communities through this such lens. The value Scouting aims to inject in every youth is directly in line with what parents everywhere want for their child. Yet, there remain a lot of people who remain unfamiliar with the values of the Scouting Method. 

The Chief Scout, Capt. Reuben Lanfranco (right), and Victoria Scout Group GSL Lorry Saliba (centre) catch up on times gone by.

Many recognize the brand, of course; on the other hand they are unaware that Scouting is for character development, citizenship, and physical fitness (and citizenship begins at home, the example of which is taking care of your home, your community then country). Because if they did, they will volunteer to be an adult leaders, or a member of a scout group’s council of parents, etc.

Why? Because their values are directly align with the values of Scouting.


Part of my job as the District Commissioner at the Scouts Association of Malta’s Central District is to communicate and showcase the value of Scouting in our communities; it is building awareness; it is building long lasting relationships.


FESTA SCOUTS 2019:

Showcasing the fun of Scouting and its values

The Scouting Method is turning young people wordwide into great citizens with strong moral values; Duty to God, Country, People, and Self, as well as the values listed in the Scout law, motto, slogan and its environment-respecting outdoor codes. 

Internally, within the Scouts Association of Malta, much reflection is quietly done on today’s “Values of Scouting”.  In turn, this encourages self-reflection, promotes recognition, drives recruitment, urges more volunteerism, and satisfies with gift-giving to all those in need.

Festa Scouts is one such outdoor activity event which gives the local Scout Groups an opportunity to share the VALUES they have learned. It is another opportunity for Scouts to show their leadership skills, their planing talents, but not just to invited family, but also to other invited friends and the general public. 

It is always urged to Scouts to share that Scouting isn’t just about camping, but that it’s also about learning self-reliance skills in all areas of their life; physically, mentally, and spiritually. They not only rely on each other during their activities, but they embrace the Scouting Method and its Values while doing hard things.

“… It is always urged to Scouts to share that Scouting isn’t just about camping…”

The Scout Association of Malta, through the National Events Committee, organised the Festa Scouts 2019 edition between 31 October and 1 November, 2015 at Ta’ Qali National Park.


Climbing wall.

This edition was held with the collaboration of different Scout Groups, and the general public had  the opportunity to experience different Scouting activities, whilst sharing with them through several amazing activities their Scouting Adventure.


Aerial runway

Festa Scouts was funded by the Small Initiative Support Scheme (SIS), which is managed by the Malta Council for the Voluntary Sector (MCVS).

A rope and wood spar lashing display (image by Luca Tufigno of SAC Rovers)


This year, some 25 scout groups participated through setting up several innovative games and educational workshops

Three-legged soccer (image by Luca Tufigno of SAC Rovers)


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INNOVATIVE SCOUT ADULT LEADER RECRUITMENT CAMPAIGN VIDEO

Following yesterday’s blog post of mine about the case for retaining campfires in our Scouting customs and traditions, I today came across this innovative scout adult leader recruitment campaign video from a mainland European scouts’ association.

Was thinking that Scouting’s founder would be turning in his grave if he saw his Movement morph to using virtual scouting and robotic leaders.

MOVE OVER ROBOCOP, HERE COMES ROBOSCOUT

MOVE OVER ROBOCOP, HERE COMES ROBOSCOUT

 

But in reality, this is a campaign running in Denmark. I just got the chills seeing the kids with VR googles huddled around two oil electric heaters to simulate a campfire.

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THE CASE FOR CAMPFIRES

Stories told in the glow of a blaze – and the campfires themselves – have been an inviting part of Scouting since its earliest days. But are they relevant in the age of the internet, cell phones, and Leave No Trace? I very much think so !!

Forget campfires… today’s scouts focus on climate crisis and homelessness

Spurred on by the likes of Greta Thunberg, the UK scout movement is now engaging with social problems

I was inspired and motivated to hash up (or rehash, to be honest!) this opinion piece, on reading a newspaper report online by The Guardian, titled: 

“Forget campfires… today’s scouts focus on climate crisis and homelessness”

TINDER FOR THE FIRE, KINDLING FOR THE BLAZE

TINDER FOR THE FIRE, KINDLING FOR THE BLAZE

Robert Baden-Powell, Scouting’s founder, recognised the power of campfires long before the formation of the Scouts Movement. At Scouting’s first campout held at Brownsea Island off the coast of England in 1907, Baden-Powell hosted a campfire each evening. With the light of the flames dancing in his eyes he shared stories, sparkling with excitement and meaning. “Baden-Powell used to tell us about his adventures in Africa and India” said one of the Scouts who had been there. “And on a nice summer night with him standing in the center of the ring and telling these tales…that was the highlight of the camp.”

 At Scouting’s first campout held at Brownsea Island off the coast of England in 1907, Baden-Powell hosted a campfire each evening.

Early supporters of Scouting had a similarly positive view of campfire experiences and what the lack of them would mean to the outdoor experience. So, “What is a camp without a camp-fire?” we ask ourselves now. “No camp at all but a chilly place in a landscape where some people happen to have some things.”
Scouts had incorporated the ‘campfire’ in its program for council and friendship and story-telling. The mystic glow of the fire quickens the mind, warms the heart,, and awakens memories of happy glowing tales that fairly leap to the lips.
BADEN-POWELL'S SKETCH OF SCOUTS ENJOYING CAMPFIRE
The principles of Leave No Trace discourage campfires except where they will cause no harm to the environment. That eliminates them today from many backcountry settings abroad, if not locally as well.
A front country site such as our Ghajn Tuffiegha campsite caters for this to some degree, since it provides the ideal setting for evening campfires that fit Leave No Trace guidelines. A campfire can be a quiet affair with just a few people, or a big event with a program planned for dozens of Scouts or more and their families, as we Maltese are more used to do.
BELOW: FUN AROUND A SCOUT CAMPFIRE
FUN AROUND A SCOUT CAMPFIRE
There remain many type of fire builds to chose from for an evening campfire. It looks good before it is lit, a consideration for programs when Scouts will arrive before a match has touched the tinder. Those building the fire set-up, should use plenty of tinder and kindling so there’s no doubt the fire will burn. Additional fuel wood nearby can be used to adjust the level of the flames through the evening.
BELOW: PATROL MEMBERS BUILDING CAMPFIRE MEMORIES
PATROL MEMBERS BUILDING CAMPFIRE MEMORIES
LEADING SONGS AND TELLING STORIES
ABOVE:  LEADING SONGS AND TELLING STORIES
A small group might be satisfied visiting as they watch a campfire turn to coals. A more formal program usually includes stunts, skits, songs and stories presented by some or all of the Scouts present. Big campfires are opportunities for youth leaders to practice planning a program, organising presenters, and performing in front of an audience. Plenty of preparation insures that stories, skits, and songs aren’t too long and that they hold the interest of everyone. Many campfires end with a short address to those gathered by the Group Scout Leader  – often a story from the Group’s past history from this adult leader’s life experiences in Scouting,  which inspires listeners with a memorable message.
Below: The GSL’s minute.
St. Aloysius' College Scout Group's GSL Edward Cassola, at the annual Easter Camp of 2019.
What hasn’t changed in this age of computers and cell phones is the joy of a good campfire, built in the right place and managed in the right way. With warmth and light it can be a high point of many Scout outings today, just as it has been through the decades.
POST SCRIPTUM:   TO CATCH A GLIMPSE OF A VIRTUAL CAMPFIRE AND A ROBOT ADULT SCOUT LEADER, CLICK TO MY FOLLOWING BLOG POST: https://wp.me/p1hrGY-t9

Two books that tell the story of our great movement!

Scouts: The stories that built a movement

A book for every Scout, past, present and future. This is the story of the Scouts. This inspiring book has sections on the history of Scouting, Scouts today, and how Scouts have gone to become rock stars, astronauts and presidents. Scout Ambassador for World Scouting Bear Grylls, provides a foreword to this amazing book.A book for every Scout, past, present, and future. This is the story of the Scouts. This inspiring book has sections on the history of Scouting Scouts today and how Scouts have gone to become rock stars astronauts and presidents. Scout Ambassador for World Scouting Bear Grylls provides a foreword to this amazing book.

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The Boys on the Island – A Brownsea Adventure

The Boys on the Island - A Brownsea Adventure: The book tells the story of the first Scout camp on Brownsea Island. Written by Luis Bernando Perez and printed in Mexico City at the print shop of Rodrigues Hnos. Impresores, under the supervision of Alberto Rodriguez Luna. Editorial care was in the hands of Arturo Reyes Fragoso, with the collaboration of Glenn Gardner, who did the translation. Proudly, all those mentioned here are Scouts.The book tells the story of the first Scout camp on Brownsea Island. Written by Luis Bernando Perez and printed in Mexico City at the print shop of Rodrigues Hnos. Impressers, under the supervision of Alberto Rodriguez Luna. Editorial care was in the hands of Arturo Reyes Fragoso, with the collaboration of Glenn Gardner who did the translation. Proudly all those mentioned here are Scouts.

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Malta Scouts join forces with other youth organisations calling for climate emergency

Appeal to MPs to vote for current and future generations

The Scouts Association of Malta is amongst thirty youth organisations who have joined the National Youth Council in calling for a climate emergency to be declared in Malta.

Malta is set to declare a climate emergency on Tuesday, once a final vote on a motion moved by the Opposition is taken.

Although the government disagrees on the particulars of the motion, Environment Minister José Herrera agrees a climate emergency declaration should be made and said the government would be reaffirming it as a fact.

In a letter to all members of Parliament, the youth organisations told MPs that the future of young people, the country and the world were all in danger because of climate change challenges.

They appealed to MPs to set aside political division and instead focus on present and future generations, saying they wished Malta to once again lead by example in the issue.

The letter was signed by the National Youth Council, IEF, The Scout Association, LGBTI+ Gozo, TDM2000, Insite, The Third Eye, Għaqda tal-Malti Università, Youth for the Environment, KSM, Medical Students’ Association, SDM, Għaqda Studenti tal-Liġi, Malta Youth in Agriculture Foundation, ŻAK, JCI, ESO, Pulse, KSJC, KSU, MUSC, Moviment Graffitti, Girl Guides, MŻPN, UĦM Youth, Forum Żgħażagħ Laburisti, ADŻ, CMTU Youth, Extinction Rebellion, GWU Youths, and the Downs Syndrome Association.

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Celebrating the Wood Badge Centenary

Since the establishment of the Scouting Movement in 1907, training has always been one of the core elements in achieving the Scouting Mission. 

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An avid writer, Sir Robert Baden-Powell had published no less than nine books aimed at young people before “Aids to Scoutmastership” was published in 1919 and that first course commenced. This first Wood Badge training took place at Gilwell Park in England in 1919 and was run by Baden-Powell himself. 

BP’s focus was on providing program, through his books, for young people as a priority – adult training came later – in fact 12 years after that first experimental camp on Brownsea Island in 1907 and less than 1 year after the end of World War 1.

woodbadge originsAt the completion of the course, all participants asked if they could have some token to indicate that they had been trained. At first Baden-Powell improvised by taking two little beads from a string of such beads he had; he threaded them on a bootlace, and hung them around the neck of each Scouter.

Ever since, each Scouter who has successfully completed the advanced training course, receives two similar beads on a leather thong. Known as the Wood Badge beads, they are proudly worn by Scouters to indicate that they are continuing in a tradition handed down from Baden-Powell.

The ‘Axe and Log’ logo refers back to the Camp Chief, Francis Gidney, of Gilwell Park in England in 1920. He needed something to distinguish between Gilwell Park – the outdoor activity centre – and that of the Scouting administrative headquarters. He felt that the ‘Axe and Log’ represented the farm where Gilwell was situated full of many open spaces and trees. This logo came to be strongly associated with Wood Badge leader training and is still used on certificates, flags, and other programme-related items.

Lastly, the axe in the wood reminds those who have completed their Wood Badge that they have committed themselves to be an example of service and loyalty.

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2019 marks 100 years of Wood Badge training

Post__Woodbage-100th-AnniversaryThis year Scouting around the world is celebrating the Centenary of the Wood Badge, which remains an important tool for shaping the leaders of our Movement.

At the Scouts Association of Malta’s national events team, together with the Training Department,  it is planned to hold a special event for all Wood Badge holders within the Malta association.

BP wrote “The Wood Badge will make quite certain that when I am gone, the future leaders of Scouting will really understand what it is all about and what my intentions have been”. Leaders will have the opportunity to reflect upon this and connect with others at this event, which will be incorporated with the annual Wood Badge awarding ceremony, when new leaders currently in their final stages of the course, will be awarded this prestigious honour.

This event is scheduled for Thursday 14th November, 2019, and will follow this tentative programme:

  • 6:00 pm – Wood badge Ceremony
  • 7:00 pm – Workshops
  • 8:00 pm – Get-Together Reception

More details will follow in the coming months. If you’re a Wood Badge holder, you are encouraged to diarise this event in your calendar to join the celebratory events around the world.  A special token will be given to all attendees.

REGISTER NOW:  http://scout.org.mt/WoodBadgeCentenary.html

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LEAVING THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE

71200515_2440672272675634_2354381972224081920_nOn Tuesday 23rd September, 2019, the National Scout Council of The Scouts Association of Malta elected from amongst their council members Captain Reuben Lanfranco, AFM Rtd. as the next Chief Scout to take over from the current outgoing Ing. George Cassar.

An insightful interview was published during the past weekend with the new Chief Scout, to read it please click on link below provided.

www.independent.com.mt/articles/2019-10-20/local-news/Leaving-the-world-a-little-better-than-you-found-it-A-look-into-the-life-of-a-scout-6736214996

I had the pleasure of serving in my younger days with him as his assistant patrol leader and later as his assistant cub scout leader at the St. Aloysius’ College Scout Group. Having travelled together in the Maltese contingent from the Scouts’ Association of Malta under his leadership to the EUROFOLK-85 scouting event in Barcelona, Spain, we both then embarked together to reopen the Stella Maris College Scout Group’s troop section, where I served as an assistant scout leader.   As if following Reuben around in my Scouting life of volunteerism wasn’t enough, I later followed him for a 25-year military career an as Officer in the Armed Forces of Malta.  Even there, they couldn’t well keep us apart or very far from each other: whilst he was serving as a maritime officer on patrol boats, I landed myself a staff job at our regimental headquarters as the battalion adjutant.   So, our conversations over the horn and interactions were not lacking either outside Scouting.   It was obvious for many by then that I would be his bestman at his wedding as well.

Here is a rather jam-packed Scouting CV with all the pedigree frills of our new Chief Scout: this is a pure Scouting DNA statement, and I wish him from these pages of cyber space and social media, all the very best from us all at Central District:

1973 – Joined Sliema Scouts as a cub scout, eventually becoming second sixer, sixer and senior sixer. Followed up in Scout Troop as APL.
1977 – Joined SAC Scout Group since transferring to St. Aloysius College in 1976. Eventually serving as APL, PL, SPL, Venture Scout, Cub Scout Instructor (Auxiliary- 29 July 1981) With Pack, and ASL (22 March 1984). Received Chief Scout award prior to my 13th Birthday and completed Basic and Advanced Woodbadge Courses at 18 years of age (qualifying for Pack and Troop).
1985 – Malta Contingent Leader – Eurofolk 85 (Spain)
1985 – Transferred to Stella Maris College Scout Group as founder member and SL 912 December 1985), following revival of Group.
1988 – Overseas – Member of Leverkusen Scout Group (Germany).
2000 – Re-joined Tigne Scout Group to set up Troop.
2001 – Appointed Island Commissioner for Sea Scouts (25 October 2001) until position was disbanded.
Since then, participated as a trainer on Woodbadge courses.
Scout Awards: Medal of Merit, Long Service Decoration & Bar, 100 year Anniversary medal.
Others: Commander of the Most Venerable Order of St. John; Service Medal of the Order (St. John) with 2 bars; and other mainly military and civilian awards.
Between 31/08/2017 and 30/10/2018, served as Hon. Secretary of the Association.
Capt. Lanfranco’s first message to the Maltese Scouts is reproduced below:

“My fellow Scouts

It gives me great pleasure writing some words to you all as the newly elected Chief Scout of the Scout Association of Malta. First and foremost, I would like to thank my predecessor, George Cassar for having done a splendid job as the former Chief Scout; George was always there whenever anyone needed his assistance and went beyond the call of duty in fulfilling his role as Chief Scout and Chairperson of the National Scout Council. On behalf of all the Scout Association, I would like to thank him for his unfailing service.

I am so happy to be at the service of Malta’s largest youth organisation. I remember when I joined scouts in 1973, as a young cub, it was one of the happiest days of my life. Little did I know that over 45 years later, I would become Chief Scout. I remember that Scouting for me, was not just a hobby, it was not just an activity I would attend weekly (sometimes even daily), but it became a way of life. Yes, ultimately, that is what scouting is; it is a way of life! If we embrace the promise and law that have been passed on to us through generations of scouts from our founder Lord Robert Baden-Powell, we understand that we are making a personal commitment to a simple code of living, based upon the concept of doing your best; this is what our promise and law are all about.

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Scouting helps us to learn by doing; actively participating in certain skills which do not necessary require a computer, tablet or mobile phone to accomplish. The idea of “living in the open” as B.P called it, by participating with others in groups, crews, units, patrols, sixes or colonies, helps us develop both a spiritual and social dimension. We should not forget our commitment to seek the spiritual value of life beyond the material world and at the same time be active in society by respecting the dignity of others and being proud of our country and contributing positively towards it. It gives me great pleasure seeing many of my former cubs and scouts in the groups I used to serve in, having achieved prominent positions in government, society and employment and knowing that they are “doing their best” to make this world a better place.

In conclusion, I wish to remind you all of some of those wonderful words which BP himself expressed in his final letter to scouts before he passed away. “Be contented with what you have got and make the best of it. Look at the bright side of things instead of the gloomy one. But the real way to get happiness is by giving out happiness to other people. Try to leave this world a little better than you found it…and always remember to Be Prepared.”

I wish you the very best in your scouting lives and will be eager to meet up with all of you sometime in the very near future. Spread the word of Scouting and live it to its fullest meaning!”

 

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JAMBOREE ON THE AIR/INTERNET FROM MALTA

The world’s largest digital Scout event promoting friendship and global citizenship!

 

Screen Shot 2019-10-20 at 20.58.08The JOTA-JOTI, Jamboree On The Air – Jamboree On The Internet, is an official World Scouting event, and was this year held over the 18, 19 and 20 October 2019.

JOTA and JOTI are youth programme events intended for young people in Scouting of all ages. The purpose of JOTA-JOTI is to enable and encourage Scouts around the world to communicate with one another by means of amateur radio and the internet, providing a fun and educational Scouting experience and promoting their sense of belonging to a worldwide Scout Movement.

At world level, JOTA-JOTI is co-ordinated by the World JOTA-JOTI Team (WJJT) who are a team of volunteers assisted by staff at the World Scout Bureau. At national level JOTA-JOTI is co-ordinated by National JOTA-JOTI Co-ordinators (NJCs).
Once again, several Scout Groups from the Central District of The Scouts’ Association of Malta participated in this international event.  These groups were the Attard Group, the Qormi Group, the Santa Venera Group, the rover crew from St. Aloysius’ College Group, the 1st Birkirkara Group, the St. Augustine College’s Air Scouts Group, the Dingli Group (at Mellieha Scouts Hq) and the Mtarfa Group at their Hq jointly with the North District’s Qawra Group.
JOTA-JOTI is the world’s largest digital Scout event taking place online and over the air. The educational event brings together more than 2 million Scouts every year in October for a weekend of Scouting and friendship. Young people can learn about communications technology and connect with fellow Scouts from over 170 countries.
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The Birkirkara Scout Group station.

JOTA-JOTI is about the 21st century skills you can learn in Scouting and the values of global citizenship. The event is open to Scouts around the world, enabling young people to connect and communicate with each other using the Internet and amateur radio. JOTA-JOTI engages youth in educational activities that build teamwork, cross-cultural understanding and skills for the future.
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At Mellieha Fort, the Dingli Scouts station.

This year’s JOTA-JOTI programme was designed to enable Scouts and Leaders to choose their own educational adventure, learn about global issues, and connect with other Scouts from every corner of the world using modern technology. These activities ranged from inspiring Scout talks to online gaming sessions to amateur radio challenges.
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The Mtarfa Group’s station was operated jointly with the North District’s Qawra Scout Group.

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To ensure that every participant has a positive and inclusive JOTA-JOTI experience, everyone who registers receives clear information about how to be safe and how to avoid unsafe situations on the Internet. This information adheres strictly to World Scouting’s Safe from Harm policy and protections.

 

 

Below: The Qormi Scout Group’s Venture Scouts and Troop at their GHq station. 

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Young Air Scouts in action at the St. Augustine’s College Air Scout Group Hq.

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Rover Scouts and mascot engaged in scout web chat at St. Aloysius’ College Scout Group Hq.

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This year, the Santa Venera Scouts’ of the Troop and Venture Unit practised several communications games, which included the phonetic alphabet, semaphore flags and the Morse Code at their GHq.

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Revisting some Easter Camp pic snaps

These last couple of days, have been obliged to take another look at some image captures which I made earlier this year over Easter week, whilst acting as co-camp chief with the St. Aloysius’ College Scout Group.

The images here are a small post-edited selection of a far larger batch which I shot for a project of mine, which are going into a project assignment report for the Advanced Woodbadge adult leadership training qualification. That was something long postponed, some well over 25 years or so to be bluntly honest.

And this, like its preceding post, is serving also to populate and animate a bit my small nook in cyberspace here, as have neglected it somewhat I must admit.

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In a quick muse

Again, I have failed to populate with posts this little nook of cyberspace of mine, but thought it apt to do so today with the above image, which I had captured way back in Easter, earlier this year. The chap seen here is Bernard Maniscalco, the Troop’s Leader at St. Aloysius’ College Scout Group‘s annual easter camp’s barbeque and campfire night.

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