YEREVAN—A dedication and inauguration ceremony was held Wednesday in the Erebouni district of Armenia’s capital for a Homenetmen campground, which is dedicated to the memory of the long-time Homenetmen member and activist the late Haig Hovsepian, who was a veteran leader of the organization in the Western US.
The campground project was in the making for five years, with construction projects taking place in three phases.
Homenetmen, which operates as Armenia’s National Scouting Organization in Armenia (HASK), has a campground in Byurakan, which is used in the summer, but essentially unused during the rest of the year due to distance and inclement weather.
In a jubilant atmosphere, Hoementmen scout members conducted a flag raising ceremony, and following ground-blessing prayers the Homentment-HASK Haig Hovsepian Campground was inaugurated. Western Prelate Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian and Western Primate Archbishop Hovnanian Derderian officiated the ground-breaking prayers. Also present were leaders of the Homenetmen and the Armenian Revolutionary Federation.
The late Haig Hovsepian’s brother, Dr. Viken Hovsepian, who is the chairman of the ARF Western US Central Committee, said that the campground is directly tied to the mission of Homenetmen, which for about a century has been educating generations of Armenia.
“Scouting is a way of life. It’s discipline. It’s a value system. Being a Homenetmen scout, however, is more demanding,” said Dr. Hovsepian.
“This campground is but only one aspect of [myriad] activities in the homeland. On this campground, Homenetmen will bring together young Armenians in order to provide a national education to them and sow the seeds of a bright future with the ideal of a United Armenia,” Dr. Hovsepian told Yerkir Media.
Homenetmen Central Executive chairman Hratchya Shmavonian welcomed the opening of the campground and said that the facility is the perfect venue for scouts to come face to face with nature, explaining that the concept of scouting is to be at one with nature.
Homenetmen members in Yerevan told Yerkir Media that the new Haigh Hovsepian campground will be used year around, as well as for the organization’s activities on Sundays.
“The best part of this campground is that it is close to Yerevan and we can use it year around to hold camping trips and seminars, as well as our Sunday gatherings,” Homenetmen Yerevan leader Vlatimir Plutyan told Yerkir Media.