Follow the leaders

Daniel Lim

The Brunei Darussalam Scout Association (PPNBD) recently held a wood badge course to build better leaders commitment to the scout movement.

While the words “wood badge” may conjure up the image of wood carving, the course is anything but. It aims to disseminate survival skills among scout members through the leaders.

Some of the skills taught included the setting up of camping equipment, first aid and knot tying.

Upon completion of the three-day course at Sungai Tali Primary School, I met up with the scout leaders to learn about their thoughts on the Basic Wood Module 3 and how it benefits them as well as their scouts.

Radiman bin Haji Idris from the Junior Scout Division said, “Alhamdulillah, we gained a lot of knowledge and developed a positive mindset to help us overcome the challenges.”

Scouts learning the importance of teamwork. PHOTOS: DANIEL LIM
FROM LEFT: Radiman bin Haji Idris; and Mohd Sawarfi bin Abdullah during the interview

He said many of the challenges commonly faced by scouts were related to the weather, with heavy downpours during the course.

Radiman said, “We should not limit ourselves to just studying theories, but rather, put the theories to use to overcome challenges ahead.”

He believed that being equipped with knowledge and renewed positive mindset will set a good example for junior members.

Mohd Sawarfi bin Abdullah from the Cub Scouts Division shared the same sentiment.

“Despite the heat and the rain that endured over the course of 18 sessions in three days, we were able to gain a lot of experience,” he said.

He added that the activities were exciting as it was his first time setting up tents and tying knots.

“Even though the tightly packed schedule was taxing, the knowledge that we gained are valuable, especially since it can be passed down to our junior members,” he said. He added that the most memorable moment was the realisation that he was learning alongside fellow scout leaders; and a bond was forged in overcoming challenges as a team. Mohd Sawarfi said, “We have learned to not leave anyone behind, and to work together as a team, allowing us to enjoy a sense of comradery and familial bonds.”