Skills set tested in scouts orienteering challenge
THE Brunei Darussalam Scouts Association held the Orienteering Scout Challenge, looking to sharpen members’ map-reading skills and at the same time to highlight the importance of staying healthy.
Split into four categories – Cub Scouts, Junior Scouts, Venture Scouts, and Open Scout Leaders (aged 45 and below, and aged 45 and above), the challenge saw teams vying to secure the Brunei Darussalam Scouts Association President Round Trophy.
Scout Chief Commissioner Haji Awang Badar bin Haji Awang Ali flagged off the participants at the National Scout Training and Activity Centre of the Scouts Complex in Jalan Gadong.
The Cub Scouts category saw the Kampong Mata-Mata Primary School team emerge as victor, followed by Sinaran Mas School (Pack A) team in second, and DES School (Pack A) team in third.
The team from Chung Hwa Middle School (Bandar Seri Begawan) took first place in the Junior Scouts category, while the Pehin Datu Seri Maharaja Secondary School team took the top position in the Venture Scout category.
The Scout Leaders (under 45) individual category was won by Loh Ben Heng from Chung Hwa Middle School (Bandar Seri Begawan), followed by Hamezzul Hafiz and Md Suhardi bin Alias, both from Sultan Hassan Secondary School, in second and third places respectively.
The Women Leader Open (under 45) category saw Norlaila binti Japar from Stella School securing first place, followed by Kartina binti Mohd Hamir from Sinaran Mas School and Hajah Diana binti Haji Abdul Ghani from Pulaie Primary School.
The Scout Leaders (above 45 male) individual category was won by Scout Commissioner (Junior and Venture Scout section) Haji Burhanuddin bin Haji Md Daud, while Haji Bahmin bin Haji Alli from Pehin Datu Seri Maharaja Secondary School ranked in second place.
Anita Goh Ai Lian from Sinaran Mas School won the Women Leader Open (above 45) category, followed in second place by Scout Commissioner (Cub Scouts section) Hajah Noraini binti Haji Saidi from Orang Kaya Besar Imas Primary School.
Brunei Darussalam Scouts Association President Dato Paduka Haji Idris bin Haji Abas presented prizes to the winners in the presence of Vice President Pengiran Wahab bin Pengiran Hassan, scout commissioners, district scout commissioners, executive scout officer and scout leaders.
The activities allowed scouts members to understand the importance of team work; increase physical and mental toughness; engage in fun challenges; develop confidence, positive attitude and courage; and learn to remain calm in emergency situations.
Over 100 scouts from six primary schools and three secondary schools, both government and private, participated in the challenge. Equipped with a compass, they were allotted 30 minutes to complete the orienteering challenge.
The contest staff placed markers at different coordinates all over the camp site with each marker containing different numbers. The objective was to seek the numbers required to complete the number sequence.
Orienteering is a recreational sport requiring participants, who are equipped with a compass and a map, to navigate to selected points marked on a map.