August 19, 2016

President urges student scouts to cultivate true patriotism as union spirit

President U Thein Sein speaks to scouts at Popa in Kyaukpadaung Township.
President U Thein Sein speaks to scouts at Popa in Kyaukpadaung Township.

STUDENTS should cultivate true patriotism as union spirit from a young age, President U Thein Sein told scouts camping at the Popa base, in Kyaukpadaung township, Mandalay Region, yesterday.
The president called the scout camping a memorable experience as young students from different regions and states gathered at the camp.
He encouraged them to pursue positive personality traits of discipline, morality and perseverance with determination so as to be ready when the time comes for them to shoulder the responsibilities of the country.
The country had its first scout association in 1913 and saw new associations emerge up to the post-independence years, the president recalled, admitting that scouting had been a thing of the past for some 50 years. Scouting resumed in 2012 soon after the establishment of the Myanmar Scouts Federation (MSF), whose membership swelled to 59,000 in a short time.
The World Organisation of the Scout Movement (WOSM), the Asia-Pacific Scouts Federation and the Asia-Pacific Scouts Committee have sent their chairmen to the country to assess MSF’s request for membership to WOSM. Officials of these organisations have pledged technology transfer and assistance to the country’s nascent scout federation. After signing in the camping record book, President U Thein Sein received a gift from the scout campers.
At a local high school, the president attended a bonfire held in commemoration of the scout camp, which drew 619 participants. At the scout camp which started on Tuesday, students will be lectured on scouting activities including hiking and excursions to cultural zones.
This is the fourth time that student scouts have gathered for outdoors camping, with the first scout camp organised in Nay Pyi Taw in 2013, the second in 2014 and the third in 2015.


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