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Indonesia’s Chief Scout: Scouting is strategic

7. Sep 2012

Indonesian Scouts and leaders headed by Chief Scout and Indonesia’s President H.E. Dr Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono celebrates Indonesia’s 100th anniversary of Scouting on 3rd September 2012 at the Cibubur Scout Complex, east of Jakarta, which was also the 51st anniversary of Gerakan Pramuka (the Indonesian Scout Movement).

In his speech, the Chief Scout shared that Scouting education is very strategic and vital to the nation at all times. 

“We all have the same concern and we do not want to weaken Scouting activities, or make it less exciting. We want to keep the Scout Movement a necessity for the development of values, embodied in the Scout Oath and Scout Law.

Joining the Chief Scout was First Lady Madame Ani Bambang Yudhoyono, Coordinating Minister of People Welfare Agung Laksono, Minister of Education & Culture Muhammad Nuh, Minister of Youth & Sports Andi Mallarangeng, Chief Commissioner of Gerakan Pramuka Prof. Dr. Azrul Azwar, and many high ranking officials and dignitaries in the country.

“Let us use Scouting as a solution to the challenges faced by the young people so the existence of the Scout Movement will continue in accordance with the changing times,” Chief Scout Yudhoyono added.

Also, in this centennial celebration, the Chief Scout presented the Lencana Melati Award to several outstanding Scout leaders in the Asia-Pacific Region including Persekutuan Pengakap Malaysia Chief Commissioner Dato’ Dr. Shahrum bin Osman, Scout Association of Hong Kong Assistant Chief Commissioner Alexander Wong and Bangladesh Scouts Vice-President Mohammad Habibul Alam.

Also attended the ceremony were the Secretary General of the ASEAN Scout Association Regional Cooperation (ASARC) JR Pangilinan from the Philippines, and some members of the Persekutuan Pengakap Malaysia and from the Boy Scouts of America (BSA).

-- Berthold Sinaulan, APR Honorary Correspondent/WOSM Correspondent
Photos: Public Relations Bureau of Gerakan Pramuka NHQ

Image 1: © Public Relations Bureau of Gerakan Pramuka NHQ

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