THE Scout Association of Malaysia has announced plans to organise a National Jamboree next year to celebrate the centenary of the movement in Malaysia.
The jamboree at Universiti Putra Malaysia, is estimated to cost RM2mil and would cater to about 6,000 participants.
The plan was presented to Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said during her official visit to the association’s headquarters for a dialogue with the commissioners.
“The jamboree is a step towards many new things in the scouting movement. We will see the role of the movement growing and playing a bigger role in the community,” national chief scout commissioner Datuk Dr Kamarudin Kachar said.
“We will help the scouting movement organise the jamboree and we will discuss the funding of the project further,” Azalina said.
The event is expected to take place from May 12 to 18, 2008, and would see the participation of scouts from Malaysia as well as Asia Pacific countries.
At the jamboree, the movement will also launch the 100 Year Book of Scouting History, stamps, and shillings. The event will also mark the founding of the International Scouts Camp and International Scouts Academy.
“There are a lot of issues that the scouts will play a big role in including environmental conser-vation, patriotism, and peace,” Kamarudin explained.
The association also announced plans to introduce the Rover Scout movement in all public and private tertiary education institutions as well as in countries where a high percentage of Malaysian students are present.
“We are targeting countries like the UK, the US, Egypt, Australia and Russia to set up branches of Malaysian Rover Scouts,” he explained.
The King of Sweden, King Carl XVI Gustav, the honorary president of the World Scout Foundation, also visited the Malaysian scouts on October 3.
Source : TheStar.com.my