Major Rana, prime mover of Nepal's community Scouting passed away
Rabi Samser JB Rana, former Chief Commissioner and considered to be the prime mover of Community Scouting in Nepal Scouts died on Friday, 13th January 2012 in Kathmandu.
Rana, born in 1926, in Jawalakhel Durbar, played a significant role on the integration of community development in Scouting. As a young Scout, Rana had always been curious about community work which became his strong advocacy when he became a Scout leader.
During the early years of Nepal Scouts, Scouts appeared mostly during volunteering service camps, Royal Birthday celebrations, National day’s march. But when Rana was appointed as National Commissioner, he upgraded the traditional system and integrated Scouting into the community work and in the Scouting programme, and in many ways, modernized Nepal Scouts.
Seeing his notable work in Nepal and international Scouting, he was a recipient of numerous awards including “Asia-Pacific Region Distinguished Service Award” and the highest national Scout awards of Bangladesh, India, Singapore and Japan.