Scout jamboree attracts hundreds

Normal, Youth & Careers

The National, Wednesday July 3rd, 2013


PAPUA New Guinea Scouts deputy chief commissioner Michael Pearson is impressed with the growing number of children at the first ever provincial Scouts jamboree in Lae, Morobe.

The provincial Scouts jamboree attracted almost 200 Scouts and Girl Guides in the province and Western Highlands.

They are camping until tomorrow at Wongkos forests, behind Igam Barracks.

Pearson said the principles behind scouting were the belief that a man should serve God, think, respect and help other people; respect environment, realising its significance and relationships with human nature and utilise appropriately to help family and community.

“It’s the first ever real Scouts jamboree after the 75th jamborette held in Port Moresby in 1991. The first PNG Scouts jamboree was held at Lae Botanical gardens in 1964 after the movement came to Morobe in 1956 and scouting was established in the country in 1926.”

He encouraged members to learn how to be vigilant, demonstrate self-esteem, confidence and discipline during the event. 

“Scouting is about being courageous and brave, to serve God, human nature and environment,” Pearson said.

“It it’s not about uniform but to respect and being a servant to become a good citizen and contribute meaningfully to the community and society.”