Polynesia starts centenary events
The launch of centenary celebrations at the capital of French Polynesia was a grand gathering on 12 May of over 200 Scouts and leaders together with government and local dignitaries. Some 60 years ago, the first Scout camp of French Polynesia was held on that very spot at the Radisson Plaza Resort in Tahiti. The centenary gathering became a memorable reunion for Scout leaders who attended the first camp.
The Minister of Youth, Mr Clarentz Vernaudon, and the Minister of Culture, Ms. Natacha Taurua graced the event. The youth minister who was a Scout himself assured government support for Polynesian Scouts attending the World Jamboree in UK in July 2007 and for the growth of Scouting in Polynesia.
Regional Director Abdullah Rasheed who was present highlighted the relevance of the 100 years of Scouting. The Scout Council has planned a full range of activities for the entire centenary year. As a sunrise event, there will be a Rover expedition to the three highest peaks in Papeete on the 1st of August.