Become role models, HM tells scouts

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

HIS Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam yesterday urged scouts associations to preserve the identity of scouts so that they can become a role model to the younger generation.

The monarch, who is also the patron of the Brunei Darussalam Scouts Association, yesterday graced the Fourth National Jamboree, which was held to mark the 80th anniversary of Brunei Scouts Association.

In his titah, His Majesty said he was proud of the achievements and hardworking efforts carried out by the Brunei Scouts Association in working together with their counterparts in developed nations.

More than 1,000 scouts, including 400 foreigners, are participating in the National Jamboree at the National Scout Training Activity Centre along Jln E-Kerajaan in Beribi, Gadong.

“I hope the association will be able to maintain this tradition as (part of) history for posterity,’’ said His Majesty, who donned the uniform of the Brunei Scouts Association.

The Brunei Scouts Association is frequently invited by international bodies in the Asia-Pacific region and by the world scouts movement to attend conferences, courses and training to enhance knowledge in the field of scouting, he added.

The association has also provided humanitarian assistance to alleviate the burden of natural disaster victims. His Majesty, adding that the NGO recently extended its work by sending funds to Haiyan victims in the Philippines in collaboration with the Boys Scouts of the Philippines.

The scouts association has also donated food and clothing to the people of Bangladesh, who were affected by natural calamity in 1991 and to tsunami victims in Aceh, Indonesia in 2004, the monarch added.

His Majesty further noted the association’s other accomplishments, including having its own building.

With establishment of the headquarters, the association has been able to extend their activities even at the international level, such as organising the 21st Asia-Pacific Regional Scouts Conference in 2004.

The Brunei Times