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Scouting turns 100 in Kenya

1st Jan 2010

NAIROBI – The Kenya Scouts Association (KSA) celebrated its centenary on 24th November 2010. To mark this milestone, KSA conducted numerous activities both at the National and Local levels. The activities included a national blood donation drive culminating in a 150km walk by Scouts in partnership with Kenya blood life foundation, a Centenary Campfire at Rowallan National Camp, a Centenary woodbadge course in Nyeri, a special commemorative Church service at St. John Pumwani, among other community activities carried out by Scouts within their locality.

The highlight of these activities was the special Patron's Day on 24th November 2010 held at State House gardens in Nairobi. The Patron's day, which is an annual event serves as an awards and honours day and is presided over by the President of Kenya who is also the Patron of Kenya Scouts Association. The President commended Kenya Scouts Association for the good work in shaping the lives of young people in the last 100 years especially highlighting the work of many adults and volunteers and challenged the awardees of the day and the Scouting fraternity at large to keep up the good work.

Also in attendance was the Vice President of Kenya Hon. Kalonzo Musyoka who is the Chief Commissioner for Kenya Scouts Association. The vice President also individually thanked all key partners of Kenyan Scouting most of whom were present on the occasion especially for their support towards a successful organisation of the 13th World Scout Moot held in Kenya earlier this year.

Scouting in Kenya started on 24th November 1910 with the formation of the 1st Nairobi troop at St. John's Church Pumwani. Scouting has grown from then with a current estimated membership of 400,000 Scouts both boys and girls and a pool of over 30, 000 volunteers.

On another note, the day also saw the former Regional Director for Africa Scout Region, late Major Rtd. Kinuthia Murugu being awarded posthumously with the highest Scouting award in Kenya, the Platinum Award for his enormous contribution not only to Kenyan but also world Scouting.

Courtesy of Jonathan Omondi.

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