Some 30 rover scouts from Chung Hwa School Tutong and Chung Hwa School Kiudang and eight students from Sufri Bolkiah Secondary School Tutong assisted the Tutong Scouts in conducting an open day at the Tutong Scouts headquarters on Sunday.
Scouts Commissioner for Law and POR Skipper Haji Abdul Murad bin Haji Abdul Hadi presented certificates to the participants during the open day, held to mark the Scouts Day of the Brunei Darussalam Scouts Association.
Ten-year-old Trishanna, who was encouraged by her father to join the scouts troop last year, was one among the many. A Year 10 student at Chung Hwa School, she joined the scouts troop at her school because of her desire to acquire survival skills and test her capabilities.
Her interest in scouting activities has since grown.
Social studies teacher at Chung Hwa School Tutong, Jovi became involved with the scouts two years ago and was glad to be invited to the Scouts Open Day as COVID-19 restrictions meant that the students had no scouts activities in the last year-and-a-half.
Jovi said this gave the students an opportunity to gain and share experiences including learning how to set up a camp, make a campfire and undertake first aid lessons.
“I hope more people will learn about scouting while encouraging students to join as it gives them valuable insights into the world and helps form strong bonds,” Jovi said.
Tutong Scouts Commissioner Skipper Haji Mohd Sofian bin Haji Abdul Karim said he hopes to see more participation from both public and private schools as it helps train young children to be more disciplined and resourceful, in preparation for life challenges.
Apart from strengthening ties among rover scouts, teachers, parents and leaders of the scouts, the event also exposed the rover scouts to the association’s structure.
The Scout’s Link Badge Award was also presented to the rover scouts as an acknowledgement of their skills.