Camping activity enhances leadership, scout skills

James Kon

Thirty-five Rover Scout crew 1102 of Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA), established last August 7, participated in a basic camping activity at the National Scout Training and Activity Centre of the Scouts Complex, Jalan Gadong.

The activity aimed to enhance leadership and scout skills as well as to provide better understanding on the basic approach in camping.

Prior to the camp, Rover Scout members under Supervisor of UNISSA’s scouts Dr Muhammad Alif bin Haji Sismat participated in a leadership and skill training for eight weeks to obtain the World Scout membership badge.

The participants learnt about the sign for Scout salute as well as memorising Scout loyalty and silence sign.

They also attended a briefing and participated in practical exercises for the flag ceremony, Scout Promise and Scout Law, flag-folding, log book, correct scout uniform, the history of the establishment of the scout movement, the administrative structure and role of scouts, various types of knotting and planning, and camping preparation.

Scout Rover members also learnt about the importance of teamwork in setting up camp, scout craft, reading of compass, survival skill like starting a fire with wood and cooking bread, making temporary shelters, demonstrating the use of sharpening equipment, knotting and lashing, cooking lunches for group and games.

Leading the training was Executive Scout Officer Zainudin bin Haji Ishak, who is also the UNISSA Rover Scout Trainer, with assistance from Temburong District Scout Commissioner Jurkarnain bin Hussin, Scout leader Rakob bin Nasir, Brunei-Muara District Assistant Scout Commissioner Ritchie bin Siabu and Temburong District Assistant Scout Commissioner Ronnie bin Siabu.

World Rover Scout, an important part in the world scout movement, was established 101 years ago (1918-2019), nine years after the setting up of the World Scout movement on August 1, 1907 in Brownsea Island, England by movement founder Lord Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell or known as Lord Baden Powell who wrote the book Rovering
To Success.

The Rover Scout crew 1102 of Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA) in a group photo. PHOTO: BRUNEI DARUSSALAM SCOUTS ASSOCIATION