The National, Thursday July 18th, 2013
CHIEF Scouts Commissioner Major Sere Kala has taken up the challenge to train more leaders in youth development.
Kala organised the basic scout leaders’ training course at the Wariata Scout Camp this week for 27 leaders from Gaire, Hanuabada, Boroko, Maprik, Sogeri and the headquarters. Two women were among the group.
The training is under the leadership of Dika Doriga and David Gabe.
“Scouting in PNG is growing at a steady pace because many leaders have moved onto secure jobs in the secular world and there has been a big gap to fill.
“People as young as five are interested in attending scouting but lack leaders,” Kala said.
He expressed concern that leaders wanted to be trained but lacked financial support.
He challenged the leaders train and show commitment, dedication and passion.
He said they must be creative and look for new ideas using natural resources and environment.
“PNG today needs leaders like you and we must maintain integrity and show quality leadership through our leadership as Scouts,” Kala said.
He said Scouts Australia had assured him they would be inviting scout leaders to their training in Australia in the coming months as part of their partnership in strengthening scouts.
He said, on his return from the Philippines, that Boy Scouts Philippines would be helping PNG with leadership and skill development training.
He wants to strengthen Wantok Scouting, using the wantok system to bring youths to Scout meetings.
Kala said he wants to see scouting in schools.