|Bengali: বাংলাদেশ স্কাউটস|
|Headquarters||60 Anjuman Mufidul Islam Road, Kakrail, Dhaka-1000|
|Chief Scout||Md. Abdul Hamid|
|Chief National Commissioner||Dr. Md. Mozammel Haque Khan|
|Affiliation||World Organization of the Scout Movement|
The Bangladesh Scouts (Bengali: বাংলাদেশ স্কাউটস) is the national Scouting organization of Bangladesh. Scouting was founded in Bangladesh as part of the British Indian branch of The Scout Association, and continued as part of the Pakistan Boy Scouts Association until the country's divided sections split in 1971 during the Bangladesh Liberation War. Following its independence, Bangladesh became an independent member of the World Organization of the Scout Movement in 1974. The organization has 1,015,116 members as of 2011.
Scouting in modern Bangladesh started as part of the British Indian branch of The Scout Association. After the partition of India, the "East Pakistan Boy Scout Association" was formed as a regional association within the Pakistan Boy Scouts Association.
In 1958, the second National Jamboree of the Pakistan Boy Scouts Association was held at Chittagong with 4,000 participants. The fifth National Jamboree of the Pakistan Boy Scouts Association in 1969 used the grounds of the new training center of the East Pakistan Boy Scouts Association at Mouchak.
During the Bangladesh Liberation War, in April 1971, members of the renamed "Bangladesh Boy Scout Association" volunteered to carry the mail from the Bangladesh Army field post offices to the nearest Post Office in India. In 1972, the Bangladesh Boy Scout Association was officially formed as successor of the East Pakistan Boy Scout Association.
Bangladesh became an independent member of the World Organization of the Scout Movement in 1974. Both predecessors, the British Indian branch of The Scout Association as well as the Pakistan Boy Scouts Association were also members of the World Organization of the Scout Movement during their activity in modern Bangladesh.
The organization changed its name to "Bangladesh Scouts" in 1978. Since 1994, girls are accepted as members.
Scouting has grown over the years in the face of considerable difficulties. Scouts are involved in community service, major areas being agriculture, health and sanitation, child welfare, community development, construction and repair of low cost housing and sports.
During national disasters, such as the many floods that strike Bangladesh, Scouts are called to help with flood control, relocation of citizens and organizing shelters.
Membership is open to youth between 6 and 25 years of age, regardless of caste, creed or color. Bangladesh Scouts receive strong support from the government, which recognized Scouting's value in citizenship training.
By 2013, Bangladesh Scouts envisions to grow membership by 1.5 million by offering challenging youth programme through a value based educational system, in partnership with government, agencies and community towards building a better world.
Program and ideals
আমি আমার আত্মমর্যাদার উপর নির্ভর করে প্রতিজ্ঞা করছি যে,
আল্লাহ ও আমার দেশের প্রতি কর্তব্য পালন করতে,
সর্বদা অপরকে সাহায্য করতে
স্কাউট আইন মেনে চলতে
আমি আমার যথাসাধ্য চেষ্টা করব।
On my honor, I promise that I will do my best to do my duty
To the almighty and my country
To help other people at all times
To obey the Scout laws
স্কাউট আইন (Scout Law)
১. স্কাউট আত্মমর্যাদায় বিশ্বাসী,
২. স্কাউট সকলের বন্ধু,
৩. স্কাউট বিনয়ী ও অনুগত,
৪. স্কাউট জীবের প্রতি সদয়,
৫. স্কাউট সদা প্রফুল্ল,
৬. স্কাউট মিতব্যয়ী,
৭. স্কাঊট চিন্তা, কথা ও কাজে নির্মল
- A Scout's honour is to be trusted,
- A Scout is a friend to all,
- A Scout is courteous and obedient,
- A Scout is kind to animals,
- A Scout is cheerful at all times,
- A Scout is thrifty,
- A Scout is clean in thought,word and deed
The Scout Motto is "সেবার জন্য সদা প্রস্তুত থাকতে যথাসাধ্য চেষ্টা করা", meaning "Do our best to be prepared for service"
Male Cub Scouts, Scouts, Rover Scouts and adult leaders wear a specific uniform after taking oath as a member of Scout Movement. Cub Scout, Scout, Rover Scout and adult leader wear an ash colored shirt and deep navy blue trousers; girls wear an ash colored dress, deep navy blue trousers and orna. Adult female leaders wear an ash colored sari with deep navy blue blouse. Everybody has to wear black shoe, navy blue cap, and specific scarf with the uniform. Every scout must have to wear their group scarf
The National Scout Training Center (NSTC) is at Mouchak, Gazipur. It includes a Scout Museum inaugurated in November 2007. There are also 10 Regional Scout Training Centers (RSTC) at:
- Bahadurpur (Rover Scout Training Centre), Gazipur
- Muktagacha, Mymensingh
- Kaptai, Rangamati
- Dosmail, Dinazpur
- Lokkhonabond, Sylhet
- Rupatoly, Barisal
- Lalmai, Comilla
- Pulerhat, Khulna
- Nawdapara, Rajshahi
- Nawdapara, Bogra
National Scout Jamborees
|1st National Scout Jamboree||21–29 January 1978||NSTC, Mouchak, Gazipur|
|2nd National Scout and 5th APR Jamboree||30 December 1980 – 6 January 1981||NSTC, Mouchak, Gazipur|
|3rd National Scout Jamboree||28 December 1985 – 4 January 1986||NSTC, Mouchak, Gazipur|
|4th National Scout Jamboree||27 December 1989 – 3 January 1990||NSTC, Mouchak, Gazipur|
|5th National Scout and 14th APR Jamboree||5–12 January 1994||NSTC, Mouchak, Gazipur|
|6th National Scout Jamboree||5–11 February 1999||NSTC, Mouchak, Gazipur|
|7th National Scout and 4th SAARC Jamboree||5–12 January 2004||NSTC, Mouchak, Gazipur|
|8th National Scout Jamboree||14–22 January 2010||NSTC, Mouchak, Gazipur|
|9th Bangladesh and 1st SAANSO (South Asian Association of National Scout Organization) Scout Jamboree||2014||NSTC, Mouchak, Gazipur|
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