India launches virtual National Youth Forum; reaches out to communities
When India declared national lockdown to avoid further spread of the virus, the Bharat Scouts & Guides found a way to stay connected and spread joy and support among its members. Scouts are meeting online to lift each other’s spirits and keep Scouting going. Scouts and Rovers in Karnataka organized a meeting called “OnlineScoutMela” and hosted webinar sessions engaging young people with topics #TogetherAtHome, #ScoutsStayHome, #ScoutsforSDGs and #MessengersofPeace.
A virtual National Youth Forum was created for young members of BSG for them to discuss and express their views on different issues, as well as to enhance their skills in decision-making at the institutional level of Scouting and Guiding.
During its launch, the Secretary General of the World Organization of the Scout Movement, Ahmad Alhendawi, guested at the virtual national forum and addressed the young people of BSG.
“Scouting never stops as you make a way to get connected with each other. Scouting can always battle even the most challenging situation. My friends, we live in unusual time forcing all of us to think of how we do our lives, how we do our business. Countries that have more Scouts, have solid structure are more capable to fight this virus, and you have done that. You have proven your ability to mobilise Scouts and be there for those who are in need and for your country as it battles this unusual pandemic that is really impacting all aspects of life. So on behalf of the 50 million Scouts, I want to salute you all for being good Scouts, good Guides – showing that we are always prepared even if our challenges are very complex,” the Secretary General said.