His Excellency President Museveni has opened the international scouts’ centenary jamboree at Kaazi International Camping and Training Centre, early this afternoon.
The celebrations were hosted in Uganda to mark 100 years since the introduction of scouting in Uganda in 1915 by Rev. Canon H. M. Grace at Mbarara High School.
The 2015 Uganda Scouts International Centenary Jamboree brought together over 15,000 scouts from Tanzania, Kenya, Burundi, South Sudan, UK, Libya Uruguay and DRC, scout leaders and staff from over 160 countries under the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) and World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS).
Mr. Museveni has urged the youth to join the Scouts movement for basic training necessary to live a better life.
President has commissioned Baden Powell House, Look wide house and their Swimming pool.
Earlier, Hon. Minister Muluri Mukasa and Mr. Pius Bigirimana Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development with other scout officials took journalists around Kaazi where the Uganda Scouts Centenary Jamboree 2015 is being held.
HISTORY OF SCOUTING
Scouting was started by Robert Baden Powell in 1907 in the United Kingdom.
In Uganda, it was introduced by Rev. Canon H. M. Grace in 1915.100 years down the road, Uganda has got over 6 million scouts.
So, why is this occasion dubbed International Scouts Jamboree?
The International Centenary Scouts Jamboree 2015 is a global event that will bring together over 15,000 scouts of all nationalities, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of scouting in Uganda from 18th – 28th August, this year.
From 28th August, 2015, more than 15,000 scouts – girls and boys, leaders and staff from over 160 scouting countries and territories will attend this most glamorous lakeside event at Kaazi National Scouts’ training and camping site.
Mr PS, what are the other major activities alongside the centenary jamboree?
The 7th Africa Scouts Youth Forum will take place from 24th – 2th or August 2015 at Ggaba Major Seminary.
This Forum provides the opportunity of giving people, 18 – 25 years an opportunity to share experiences and plan the role they can play through scouting in the world.
The 16th scouts Conference, the governing body that guides the management of scouting in Africa will also take place.
This conference is the General Assembly of Scouting and is composed of 6 delegates from each of the member Scout associations in Africa.
This will take Place at Commonwealth Resort, Munyonyo from 28th August to 151 September, 2015. Participants will be drawn from all the scout organizations in Africa and the rest of the world.
The country benefits through promotion of tourism through High exposure, income earnings, promotion of unity and cultural exchange etc.