First Scouts of the World Award Discovery in Thailand
The first official Scouts of the World Award Discovery in Thailand took place during 21-23 August 2009 by the Thai Rover Scout Association and National Scout Organization of Thailand (NSOT) at Kaengkrachan Riverside Scout Camp (KRSC). The SW Discovery was attended by 57 Rover Scouts and 13 leaders and was supported by 10 members of staff. The SW Discovery is an adventure lasting several days, organised with a focus on environment, development or peace.
Since the past National Rover Scout Moot, Thai Rover Scouts have joined the Scouts of the World Award initiative by creating temporary Scouts of the World Bases in Petchburi and Chonburi supported by Greenpeace (SE Asia) and KRSC.
Kaengkrachan Riverside Scout Camp (KRSC) has been registered as “Climate Rescue Center” and it is supported by SolarGen Greenpeace (SE Asia), the centre aims to support and empower people that are concerned about environmental issues and want to take action in order to solve environment and development problems. There are more than 6,000 Scouts visiting the centre every year. This center offers an outdoor exhibition about global climate change, global warming and how to create alternative resources of energy such as windmill, solarcell, hydroelectric, etc.
During this Scouts of the World Discovery, participants had the opportunity to learn and discover about the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and how to take a positive action in their communities. They explored as well the Kaengkrachan Natural Park and Lake and the Fish Conservation Project and also visited a hydropower plant.
After the exploration phase, participants worked in order to find solutions to the problems that they had found and, at the end, they presented draft projects and plans for their Scouts of the World Voluntary Service.
The Thai Rover Scouts would like to thank the Greenpeace (South-East Asia), Kaengkrachan National Park - Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Ministry of Fishery, Kaengkrachan Hydropower plant - Ministry of Energy, the Thai Scout Foundation for the financial support and to KRSC for their support to this SW Discovery. This event had the support as well from the Singapore Scout Association. The next SW Discovery camp will be on 16th – 19th October 2009
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