Nepal Scout – Interesting things to Know about Nepal Scouts
The scouts, service oriented, international social organization which was founded by Lieutenant General Robert Baden-Powell of England in 1907 AD is probably a largest voluntary organization now in the world. Started with a mere 20 members in the beginning, now the Scout has more than 16 million members in 150 countries of the world and Nepal Scout is also a part of it. Baden Powell, a British officer was involved in a war in South Africa. The war made many children ill, homeless and helpless. The children involved themselves in crimes and alcoholism. Baden Powell did not like the sight. He wanted the children to live a creative and dutiful life and with this, he came up with the idea of Scouts.
The Scouts, since then has become a prevailing organization. It has become a guide for girls and boys. It conducts various activities that ranged from health and sanitation programmes to relief works during the natural disasters helping the physically disabled and old people, tree plantation and awareness regarding drug abuse and many others. Each country has its own separate and independent association of the Scouts. In some countries, the boys are called as Scouts and girls are called as guides. The uniform of Scouts may differ from country to country.
In Nepal, Scouts was founded in 1953 AD. Nepal Scouts is the national Scouting and guiding organization of Nepal with its headquarters in Lainchour, Kathmandu. The social organization, Nepal Scouts has been contributing to the physical, intellectual, social and spiritual development of children, teenagers and young people in Nepal for 64 years. Nepal Scouts Bill was passed in 1993 AD by the parliament in order to strengthen the Nepali Scouts.
Interesting Facts about Nepal Scouts
As of now, there are around 60,000 scouts in Nepal. Over 20,000 of them are women. The Scout members in Nepal have their own uniform. Girls wear frocks or green sarees and boys wear dark brown pants and light brown shirts. Both the boys and girls tie scarf around their neck which are different in color according to their company. They get batch as the rank. The organizations of scout activities are done jointly for both the girls and boys. However, conduction of trainings, camping and other activities are done separately. The scouts learn different skills in their training process through playing games, excursions and challenging activities. They take a devotion to their duty which is to serve humanity and they are always inclined towards the objective of the Scout which is to learn and work through self-reliance and discipline for public service.
In Nepal, the programs of Scout are mainly focussed on the development of community, nature conservation, hiking, camping and handicrafts. They are actively involved in conduction of the programmes to raise awareness regarding health issues like drug abuse, vaccination, safe drinking water, hygiene, etc. Scouts are seen actively functional in Nepal during various festivals, fairs and public programmes. They help in the proper conduction of the program by guiding the people, controlling the crowds and making necessary arrangements. Also, they offer relief operations during the time of natural calamities like floods, landslides, etc.
The Scouts are trusted people of Nepal in various programmes and occasions as they abide by the laws and promised of the Scout and are always working with devotion towards the country in their heart.
Nepal Scout was established in 1952. It is the national Scouting and Guiding organization of Nepal. It became the member of the World organization of the scout movement in 1969 and later became a member of the World Associations of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts in 1984.
Nepal Scout activities are organized for boys and girls jointly. However, for training, camping and other aspects, they are conducted separately. Nepal Scout has its training center in Sundarijal, Kathmandu. The international training center is in Kakani, Nuwakot. Currently, Nepal Scouts have more than 32000 members in Nepal.
Nepal Scout Mission and Vision
The main mission of Nepal Scout is to contribute to the education of youth with a value based system and to help them to create a better world where people are self-fulfilled and play a major role in the society development.
Cubs: Do your best
Scouts: Be prepared
Rover Scouts: Service
Promise and law of Nepal Scouts
On my honor, I promise that I will do my best:
To do my duty to God/Dharma truthfulness and my Country, To help other people at all times. To obey the Scout Law.
- A Scout’s honor is to be trusted.
- A Scout is loyal.
- A Scout’s duty is to be useful and to help others.
- A Scout is a friend to all and a brother to every other Scout no matter to what country, cast or creed the other may belong.
- A Scout is courteous.
- A Scout is a friend to animals.
- A Scout obeys the orders of his parents, Patrol Leaders, Scoutmasters, and seniors.
- A Scout smiles and whistles under all difficulties.
- A Scout is thrifty.
- A Scout is clean in thought, word, and deed.
Nepal Scouts have following strategic priority areas:
- Youth program to attract the youth of Nepal by providing need-based, interesting, challenging program and involving them in decision-making bodies at all levels.
- Volunteers in Scouting to help recognize the importance of volunteering
- Scouting profile to enhance the image of Nepal scout nationally and internationally.
- Management to develop the efficient and effective organization
- Membership growth to increase the number of members in Nepal Scouts.
- Business plan to be able to handle financial capabilities.
Nepal Scout Programs
Nepal Scouts mainly focus on the programs like handicrafts, hiking, camping, nature conservation and community development. Similarly, service activities like adult literacy campaigns, food production, child vaccination and drug abuse education. In addition, relief operations are mobilized during earthquake, floods, landslide, fires and other natural disasters.
Nepal Scouts first national jamboree was organized in 1987 at kirtipur. After 26 years, the second national jamboree was organized in 2013 in Chitwan, Tikauli.
Daljit B. K Shrepaili is the chairman and Rabin Dahal is the chief commissioner of Nepal Scout at the moment.
For more information, please contact at the address given below:
Lainchour, Kathmandu, Nepal
Nepal Scouts, National Headquarters
Leknath Marg, Lainchour
Tel : +977 1 4419001, 4419097, 4425762
Fax : +977 1 4413369
Email : [email protected]