SI: PROMOTING SCOUTING

SI: PROMOTING SCOUTING

Posted by : Posted on : 08-Mar-2020

Promoting scouting in the Solomon Islands helping to contribute to the development of young people.

The purpose of the Scout Movement is to contribute to the development of young people in achieving their full physical, intellectual, emotional, social and spiritual potentials as individuals, as responsible citizens and as members of their local, national and international communities.

It was reported in the Solomon Star newspaper last week that the Honiara City Council Lord Mayor, Wilson Mamae, had accepted to become the President of the Solomon Islands Scouts Association, as the association continues its revival to boosting the scouting movement in the country.

Mr. Maemae said he accepted the offer to support the growth of Scout in the city and to work with the leaders to grow the movement nationally.

The Lord Mayor said the Honiara City Council stands ready to support Scouts especially their efforts to find a space to run the affairs of the association.

The Governor-General Sir David Vunagi, GCMG, is the Chief Scout of SISA.

SISA is a member of the United Kingdom Scouts and there are now plans in place for SISA to become an independent association.

As a former boy scout in my youth I believe scouting helped to develop some of my formative key skills and being a member of the scouts helped in making friends and building relationships with people.

I came to learn that being a member of the scouts encouraged self-sufficiency and leadership qualities and proved a distinct advantage to me when I eventually served in the British Army and later in the police services of several countries.

Being a scout promotes self-discipline, loyalty, social skills and helps to make one a better citizen.

I am pleased there is renewed interest in advancing the scouting movement in the Solomon Islands and believe, apart from the benefits that I gained from being a scout, the scouting movement will help in developing young people in achieving their full physical, intellectual, emotional, social and spiritual potentials as individuals, as responsible citizens.

Being a scout will also develop leadership qualities and help in taking a keener interest in local, national and international affairs.

Scouts are guided by the following 5 values.

Integrity :   To act with integrity, honesty, trustworthiness and loyalty.

Respect :   Having self-respect and respect for others.

Care:          Supporting others and taking care of the world in which they live.

Belief:        Exploring one’s own faith, beliefs and attitudes.

Cooperation.  Making a positive difference, cooperating with others and making friends.

Yours sincerely

Frank Short

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