By Lillian Keneqa – EMTV News, Port Moresby
The Scouts Founder’s Day was commemorated on Saturday, March 9th in Port Moresby. Robert Baden Powell, started the Scout Movement in 1907 at Brown Sea Island in England with a vision to help generations of young people discover the power of serving others.
The Governor General, Grand Chief, Sir Bob Dadae, gave his first inaugural address since his swearing-in as chief scout and patron of the scout movement of PNG last year.
Grand Chief, Sir Bob Dadae, stated: “I am also delighted to note some of the progress and achievements of our movement in which the National Government, through the Department of National Planning and National Youth Development Authority, has allocated K1 million under the public investment program in 2019 budget for infrastructure redevelopment of the National Scout Headquarter.”
2019 marks 90 years since the establishment of the movement within the country.
Robert Badan Powell was born in February 22, 1857 in London England and served in the British Army from 1876 until 1910 in India and Africa. In 1907, he founded the Scout Movement at Brown Sea Island in England and gave guidance to the Scouting and Girl Guiding Movements until retiring in 1937. Baden-Powell lived his last years in Nyeri, Kenya, where he died and was buried in 1941.
His vision and mission was to enable generations of young people to discover the power of serving others. On Saturday, over 50 members of the association in PNG were challenged to focus on changing the world for better.
The Grand Chief, Sir Bob Dadae stated: “As we celebrate, let us remember that we are a movement that is focused on changing the world for better. As members we all understand the positive change Scouting can bring about for our young people and adults, but we need to make the change known and visible to other people.”
The Scout Association of PNG has contributed to the nation’s building in developing young people become good citizens through their training and development programs since 1926.