World Scouting’s largest NSO celebrate Pramuka Day
A week-long celebration honouring Gerakan Pramuka’s (Indonesian Scout Movement) very first public parade as a unified Scout organisation took place in various parts of Indonesia from August 14 to 22. The celebration also marks its 58thFounding Anniversary, commonly referred to as Pramuka Day.
Pramuka Day, or translated as National Scout Day in English, is celebrated annually every August 14, and is considered as the country’s biggest event participated by millions of young people.
In Indonesia’s capital Jakarta, the country’s president, Joko Widodo was conferred with ‘Tunas Kencana’, the highest distinction being conferred by Gerakan Pramuka. Widodo joins the roster of a select few who were conferred with the same award – a number of Indonesian presidents, former Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi, and the King of Sweden, Carl XVI Gustaff.
Simultaneous Scout camps took place in major cities in the country where thousands of Scouts were awarded with the highly coveted Pramuka Garuda medal, the highest rank in Gerakan Pramuka’s progressive scheme.
Blood donation drives were also conducted by thousands of Scouts and Scout groups in partnership with local government units. A nationwide campaign to minimise the use of single-use plastics was also launched.
Meanwhile in the West Java Province, over 50,000 Scouts gathered at the Pakansari Stadium in Bogor area on August 22 for the culmination of the Pramuka Day, making it the largest-ever gathering of Scouts to celebrate the National Scout Organization’s founding anniversary. In the same gathering, 17,000 Scouts performed for the traditional ‘Scout Stick Parade.’
Throughout the week-long celebration, Scouts from some 34 provinces also organised series of clean-up drives named as “Clean the Seashores.’ The activity is part of the commitment to the Scouts to make Indonesia cleaner and pollution free.
With reports from Berthold Sinaulan, APR Communications and Partnerships Sub-Committee
Photos (c) Gerakan Pramuka NHQ and Indonesia Scout Journalist