The Boy Scouts of America Unit 758 Nagoya and The USA Girl Scouts Overseas Nagoya, English-language Scouts based in Nagoya, are holding their annual Summer Scout Bazaar on Sunday, June 17th at Nanzan Catholic Church (Katorikku Nanzan Kyokai) in Showa Ward, Nagoya.
The bazaar will have various food items and a flea market, as well as a drinks, an ice cream stand, games and craft stations hosted and run by boy and girl scouts. Following last year’s successful event, this year’s bazaar is the second annual bazaar for the Scouts. This year they expect approximately 200 to 250 visitors based on how many people attended last year’s event.
At last year’s bazaar, visitors started coming in the morning. All the food items were sold out before early afternoon.The flea market was filled with a crowd of people standing shoulder-to-shoulder in search for horidashimono (lucky finds and bargains). The wide variety of items sold at the market included small electric appliances, tableware, clothes, toys and books.
This year’s bazaar will sell corn-on-the-cob, san-shoku soboro don, and ice cream in addition to yakitori and hot dogs which were popular last year. Wine, baked goods and coffee will also be sold jointly with the church. For the flea market, the Scouts are currently in the process of accepting donations. Therefore, exactly what will be on offer is still a bit of a mystery! The Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts have also been planning and preparing for the games and activities that will be offered at the bazaar.
The bazaar is a fun family-friendly event for everybody to enjoy and a great opportunity for the Scouts to engage with the local community. The money raised at the bazaar will go toward Scout activities and supplies.
Boy Scouts of America Unit 758 Nagoya and USA Girl Scouts Overseas Nagoya are the only English language scouting programs in the Chubu area, and are part of Boy Scouts of America and Girl Scouts of the United States of America respectively.
The group started up in Nagoya in the fall of 2015 to give children in the Nagoya / Chubu area an opportunity to enjoy scouting in an English-language environment, and they are open to English-speaking youth of all nationalities.
Everyone is invited to visit the bazaar and see the dynamics of the international, multi-cultural Scouts. “The Girl Scout Troops and Boy Scout Troops holding this bazaar are composed of children from more than a dozen different countries,” said Committee Chair and Scoutmaster Mike Coutu. “We welcome English-speaking youth from ages 5 to 17 from any country. Currently, we serve nearly 70 boys and girls. Come support Scouting!”
The Boy Scouts have three troops in operation: Lions (aged 5 and 6), Cub Scouts (grades 1 to 5), Boy Scouts (Grades 6 to senior high), and focus on spending a great time on outdoor adventures, learning new skills, and making great friends. They are currently promoting the “Scout Me In” campaign until October 15, 2018, and welcome English speaking children and families to come and have a visit.
Using the USA Girl Scouts Overseas program, Discover-Connect-Take Action, as its foundation, the Girl Scouts emphasize learning practical skills and outdoor activities. As of today, they have three troops in operation: Daisies (aged 5 and 6), Brownies (7 and 8), and Juniors (9 and 10).
Coin car parking available nearby.
It is encouraged to bring your own shopping bag to reuse, reduce and recycle.
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