Seventy-five years of scouting in American Samoa was marked Saturday with a parade, speeches, oath recitals, rope pulling, first aid demonstrations and entertainment.
Traffic came to a halt while the Fatuoaiga Band led a parade of the scout and cub troops from throughout the island, marching from the Tauese P. Sunia Ocean Center to Utulei Beach.
Lt. Governor Lemamu Peleti Mauga and Mrs Mauga, John Mills of the Aloha Council and District Executive Bishop Fiamatai Faitau marched with the troops.
At Utulei Beach Park, after Deacon Malaki Timu of the Holy Family Parish, Fatuoaiga gave the invocation, a brief history was presented by the leader of the Boy Scouts in American Samoa Bishop Faitau.
Lt. Governor Lemanu Mauga didn’t come in his scout uniform but demonstrated that he still remembers the scout oath when he recited it and asked scout leaders present and past to join him.
He said scouting is very much needed today to resolve problems facing our youth.
John Mills. Of the Boy Scouts Aloha Council who has helped nurture the growth of scouting in the territory echoed the same sentiments.
Jake Falaniko of the Arrow of Light Park expressed his feelings about scouting and thanked all scout leaders and their parents for keeping scouting alive as it has taught young men like him many skills and values.
After the first two speeches Wayne Smith the District Outdoor and Camping trainer dismissed the troops who had been sitting on the sand in the hot sun to go to the beach fale for the rest of the program.
The troops demonstrated various scouting activities and games, Mrs. Pohakalani Mauga cut the 75th birthday cake and the joyful celebration continued into the afternoon.