The China Mail.
Hongkong, Saturday, September 7, 1929.
At Sai Wan Bay
CATHOLIC SCOUTS UNDER CANVAS
(Continued from last week)
Every one then changed into dry clothes. Hot drink was given to the boys, embrocation rubbed to prevent catching a cold. We lighted a fire in the bungalow to warm up, and all of a sudden the door of the Bungalow was blown off and the wind scattered the fire all round. One Scout had the presence of mind to carry water to extinguish it. This Scout had undergone instruction in the Fireman's Badge under Captain Buckeridge of the Central Fire Brigade.
Our Troop Leader fainted and had to be treated by the Ambulance Scouts.
A Council of War
A conference was held immediately to decide whether we should remain at the Bungalow for the night or brave the wind and return home. Some proposed to remain, others wished to carry on. As this was not much good the Scoutmaster took the situation in hand and gave orders that we should wait till the wind abated and leave all the gear behind so as to be able to fight our way back as probably many, it not all of the boys' parents would be worrying. At 3.30 p.m. the wind was not so strong and we decided to leave for home.
After encountering great difficulties we arrived at Shaukiwan and reported at the Shaukiwan Police Station of an accident to a workman.
Mr. Vanini's lorry was broken down and it was not repaired until 4.30 p.m. and while we were marching home we saw a lorry turning out with Fr. Teruzzi, our Chaplain. The boys were very happy otherwise they had to walk home as there was no tram service. Three cheers were accordingly given and everyone scrambled on board.
Home Sweet Home
We sang all the way and "Show Me The Way to go Home" was the very favourite song.
We arrived home safe and sound and more than one parent hugged their sons on seeing them coming home without any part of their body missing.
The conduct and the way in which the Scouts carried out their duty during the typhoon was splendid and nothing could have done better than what they did, especially the alert and cheerful way they carried the gear up to the bungalow through the perilous path; the bigger boys sang in order to cheer their younger brothers up.
On the whole this camp was very successful and many of the boys wished it was longer than five days.
The Scoutmaster had a very good opportunity of understanding each Scout's character.
Fr. Teruzzi came out and visited us on the 3rd day and brought along with him about 100 cakes.
Mr. Fujiyama, the well known local photographer, came and took some photos of the camp just the day before the typhoon.
Mr. C.Sayer and Mr. Philip also came and visited the Group.
On our return to Headquarters we were astonished to see the damage done by the typhoon. The walls and doors were all broken down and all our books were spoilt and together with the camp trouble we have suffered terribly financially but nevertheless we upheld the 8th Scout Law (A Scout smiles and whistles under all difficulties) and all of us gave a good exhibition of laughing and sang some hearty songs and saluted the photo of Earl Robert Baden Powell which still hangs on the wall safe and sound. The Scoutmaster then dismissed the Group from parade.