National Thailand Moot 2019: Fresh experiences and new beginnings
In commemoration of the 100 Years of Rover Scouting (Rovers Centenary), the National Scout Organization of Thailand conducted its National Thailand Moot 2019 on 20-25 January 2019. It was held at Vajiravudh National Scout Camp in Chon Buri Province, about 100 kilometres south-east of Bangkok. With the theme, “Service for a Better World”, around 12,500 Scouts, both local and international participants, gathered for five days of communion with nature, international solidarity and community development projects.
The opening ceremony was officiated by the Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand, General Chatchai Sarikalaya, along with Ambassador Ahmad Rusdi, Chairman of the Asia-Pacific Regional Scout Committee.
In his message, Secretary General Prasert Boonruang of the National Scout Organization of Thailand emphasised that the Scouts should take advantage of the wonderful opportunities during the moot. “The Moot is the best platform for Scouts to get involved and participate in interesting activities in a brotherhood of open air and service. It is also an opportunity to foster friendship and international solidarity,” he said.
The opening ceremony ended with the “San Sun Sin Rak Tin Thai” show, a beautiful cultural performance with a combination of singing, dancing and music.
It was very inspiring that so many countries got involved in the Moot and sent large contingents to Thailand, giving even more young people the opportunity to foster friendship beyond borders. Activities during the event included the traditional campfire, pioneering and Scout craft, cultural exchanges, community development projects, exhibition and Scout tournaments. Scouts had the opportunity to build and erect pioneering marvels during the activity which were used in other events as well.
Apart from that, the Moot also included a walking field trip to “Koh Loy Sriracha” located 500 metres away from the Sriracha coast. Meanwhile at night, campfires were held in every sub-camps and Scouts had the opportunity to showcase their talents and share their national culture to the participants.
The moot emphasised on the key components of the Better World Framework – the Messengers of Peace Programme, the Scouts of the World Award Programme and the World Scout Environment Programme. This part was timely and relevant. The Scouts were oriented with the basic framework about the said programmes and were taught of the various opportunities that they could do to contribute in creating a better world.
One of the most important features during the Moot was the conduct of the Scout Youth Forum were Rover Scouts from Thailand elected the members of the country’s first National Rovers Council.
“The Scout Youth Forum was a big leap for the National Scout Organization of Thailand as they move towards enhancing its youth programme by way of engaging, empowering and involving more young people,” said Lim Wei Yung, Chairman of the APR Young Adults Members Group.
Together with Lim Wei Yung, we facilitated the Scout Youth Forum of about 400 young Scouts to further enhance their understanding about the Sustainable Development Goals and as to how young people can contribute to decision-making at the level of their National Scout Organizations.
The members of the newly constituted National Rovers Council were officially recognised and presented during the closing ceremony of the moot.
During the closing ceremony, Ruhi Rusaba, one of the international participants from Bangladesh said, “The fact that most of the programmes involved outdoor activities which most of us enjoyed despite the scorching heat and language difficulties, only proves how effective and well-planned it was. The international village made us feel like we were just home. What is more inspiring about this is that I got to be a part of the process of initiating the creation of Thailand’s first ever National Rovers Council.”
The Thailand National Moot 2019 provided an excellent opportunity for young people from several countries in the Asia-Pacific to come together, work together and enjoy together – all under the common cause of Scouting. It isn’t Scouting if it isn’t fun.
We all left Thailand happy and inspired – inspired to further involve ourselves in our local communities and the global community as a whole. There was certainly no WiFi at the campsite, but we sure found a better connection nonetheless.
with reports from Mohammad Naufal B Othman | Member, APR Young Adult Members Group