The scouts, service-oriented, an international social organization founded by Lieutenant General Robert Baden-Powell of England in 1907 AD, is probably the largest voluntary organization in the world. It started with a mere 20 members; in the beginning, now the Scout had more than 16 million members in 150 countries of the world, and Nepal Scout is also a part of it.
Baden Powell, a British officer, was involved in a war in South Africa. The war made many children ill, homeless, and helpless. The children involved themselves in crimes and alcoholism. Baden Powell did not like the sight. He wanted the children to live creative and dutiful life, and with this, he came up with the idea of Scouts.
The Scouts, since then, have become a prevailing organization. It has become a guide for girls and boys. It conducts various activities that range from health and sanitation programs to relief works during natural disasters helping the physically disabled and older adults, tree plantation and awareness regarding drug abuse, and many others. Each Country has its own separate and independent association of the Scouts. In some countries, the boys are called Scouts, and girls are called guides. The uniform of Scouts may differ from Country to Country.
In Nepal, Scouts was founded in 1953 AD. Nepal Scouts is Nepal’s national Scouting and guiding organization, with its headquarters in Lainchour, Kathmandu. Nepal’s social organization, Nepal Scouts, has been contributing to the physical, intellectual, social, and spiritual development of children, teenagers, and young people for 64 years. Nepal Scouts Bill was passed in 1993 AD by the parliament to strengthen the Nepali Scouts.
Interesting Facts about Nepal Scouts
As of now, there are around 60,000 scouts in Nepal. Over 20,000 of them are women. The Scout members in Nepal have their own uniforms. Girls wear frocks or green sarees, and boys wear dark brown pants and light brown shirts. Both the boys and girls tie a scarf around their necks, which are different in color according to their company. They get batch as the rank. The scout activities are organized jointly for the girls and boys. However, the conduction of training, camping, and other activities are done separately. The scouts learn different skills in their training process through playing games, excursions, and challenging activities. They take devotion to their duty which is to serve humanity, and they are always inclined towards the objective of the Scout, which is to learn and work through self-reliance and discipline for public service.
In Nepal, the programs of Scout are mainly focused on the development of a community, nature conservation, hiking, camping, and handicrafts. They are actively involved in conducting programs to raise awareness regarding health issues like drug abuse, vaccination, safe drinking water, hygiene, etc. Scouts are actively functional in Nepal during various festivals, fairs, and public programs. They help in the proper conduction of the program by guiding the people, controlling the crowds, and making necessary arrangements. Also, they offer relief operations during natural calamities like floods, landslides, etc.
The Scouts are trusted people of Nepal in various programs and occasions as they abide by the laws and promises of the Scout and are always working with devotion towards the Country in their hearts.
Nepal Scout was established in 1952. It is the national Scouting and Guiding organization of Nepal. It became a member of the World organization of the scout movement in 1969 and later became a member of the World Associations of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts in 1984.
Nepal Scout activities are organized for boys and girls jointly. However, training, camping, and other aspects are conducted separately. Nepal Scout has its training center in Sundarijal, Kathmandu. The international training center is in Kakani, Nuwakot. Currently, Nepal Scouts have more than 32000 members in Nepal.
Nepal Scout Mission and Vision
The main mission of Nepal Scout is to contribute to the education of youth with a value-based system and to help them to create a better world where people are self-fulfilled and play a significant role in society’s development.
Cubs: Do your best
Scouts: Be prepared
Rover Scouts: Service
Promise and law of Nepal Scouts
On my honor, I promise that I will do my best:
To do my duty to God/Dharma truthfulness and my Country, and To help other people at all times. To obey the Scout Law.
- A Scout’s honor is to be trusted.
- A Scout is loyal.
- A Scout must be useful and help others.
- A Scout is a friend to all and a brother to every other Scout, no matter to what Country, cast, or creed the other may belong.
- A Scout is courteous.
- A Scout is a friend to animals.
- A Scout obeys his parents’ orders, Patrol Leaders, Scoutmasters, and seniors.
- A Scout smiles and whistles under all difficulties.
- A Scout is thrifty.
- A Scout is clean in thought, word, and deed.
Nepal Scouts have following strategic priority areas:
- Youth program to attract the youth of Nepal by providing need-based, interesting, challenging programs and involving them in decision-making bodies at all levels.
- Volunteers in Scouting to help recognize the importance of volunteering
- Scouting profile to enhance the image of Nepal scout nationally and internationally.
- Management to develop the efficient and effective organization
- Membership growth to increase the number of members in Nepal Scouts.
- Business plan to be able to handle financial capabilities.
Nepal Scout Programs
Nepal Scouts mainly focus on the programs like handicrafts, hiking, camping, nature conservation, and community development. Similarly, service activities like adult literacy campaigns, food production, child vaccination, and drug abuse education. In addition, relief operations are mobilized during earthquakes, floods, landslides, fires, and other natural disasters.
Nepal Scouts’ first national jamboree was organized in 1987 at Kirtipur. After 26 years, the second national jamboree was organized in 2013 in Chitwan, Tikauli.
Mr. Lok Bahadur Bhandari is leading as a coordinator of Ad-hoc committee and also bearing of the responsibility of Chief Commissioner.
For more information, please contact at the address given below:
National Headquarters, Lainchour, Kathmandu, Nepal
Nepal Scouts, National Headquarters
Tel : +977 1 4419001, 4419097
Fax : +977 1 4413369
Email : email@example.com