HM names Crown Prince chief scout

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HIS Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam has appointed His Royal Highness Prince Hj Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office, as the new chief scout of Brunei Darussalam Scouts Association yesterday.

The ceremony was held at the National Scout Training and Activity Centre on Jalan E-Kerajaan in Beribi, Gadong, during the Fourth National Jamboree Brunei Darussalam 2013, which was held to mark 80 years of scouting in the country.

The post was previously held by former Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Pehin Orang Kaya Digadong Seri Lela Dato Seri Paduka (Dr) Hj Hussain Pehin Orang Kaya Digadong Seri Diraja Dato Laila Utama Hj Mohd Yusof, who passed away at aged 79 in December last year.

Also in attendance at the jamboree were His Royal Highness Prince Hj Sufri Bolkiah, His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Malik, Her Royal Highness Princess Hjh Rashidah Sa’adatul Bolkiah, and Her Royal Highness Princess Hjh Masna.

Speaking to The Brunei Times, Chief Commissioner of Brunei Darussalam Scouts Association Hj Badar Hj Ali said the appointment of His Royal Highness as the chief scout would provide new strength to the country’s scouting activities.

“We hope that more youths in the country will actively participate in the scouting activities because we believe that the scouts movement can provide a main platform to train the youth to become responsible citizens,” he said.

The event also saw the presentation of four categories of Brunei Scouts Awards by His Majesty to leaders of scouts associations comprising the Scout Highest Award; Rakis Award, the second highest honour; Excellence Service Award Second Class- Silver; and Brunei International Friendship Award.

Following the ceremony, His Majesty and other Royal Family members visited the camp sites, where more than 1,000 scouts, including 400 foreign participants from ASEAN countries and Asia-Pacific region gathered.

Themed “Our Scouts Our Future”, the jamboree aimed to enhance and encourage more interaction among the scouts.

In addition, the event hoped to foster the spirit of friendship, brotherhood and cooperation as well to understand one another’s culture and to cultivate the value of responsibility in their role as future leaders.

During the six-day event from December 3-8, various recreational and adventurous activities are held such as kayaking at Serasa Water Sport Complex, flying fox and challenge valley as well as taking part in community work. The Brunei Darussalam Scouts Association was established in early 1933 at Sekolah Melayu Pekan Brunei.

The first National Scouts Jamboree was held in 1985, while the second and third were held in 1989 and 1999, respectively.

The Brunei Times