Scouts fight Covid-19 – From distributing food to patrolling at night
Scouts in Bhutan help fight the spread of Covid-19. Some distribute food and health kits. Others volunteer at quarantine facilities and do house-to-house visit. The rest patrol at night.
Scouts are inspired by the televised speech of King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, King of Bhutan. He said, “with the risks posed by coronavirus confounded by the economic uncertainties, the resilience of our people may also gradually diminish. Moving forward, it is imperative for the King, government, and the people to join hands and work together so that our people are inspired and ready to face this adversity with fearless courage.”
Scouts and leaders distributed rice, oil, salt, sugar and hygiene kit donated by the government to different communities especially the elderly people.
A Scout Leader from Nagor Scout group said, “we can fulfill the King’s mission and vision, if we make our community a better place for everyone especially to our elders, through our collective small acts of kindness.”
Scout Karma Choden, a nursing student and youth volunteer in a quarantine facility, said "as a nursing student, it is always a pleasure to contribute to our nation in our small way, and this gives me a feeling of happiness."
Leaders and Scouts of Thim Throm collaborate with local teams to take turns patrolling at night.
To keep Scouting going, Bhutan Scouts launched an online camp with emphasis on learning and building Scouting through networking. Online sessions tackle WOSM programmes and feature performances by Scouts and Rovers.