Bangladesh Scouts

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Bangladesh Scouts
Bangladesh Scouts.svg
Bengali: বাংলাদেশ স্কাউটস
Headquarters 60 Anjuman Mufidul Islam Road, Kakrail, Dhaka-1000
Location 23°44′15.40″N 90°24′38.50″E / 23.7376111°N 90.4106944°E / 23.7376111; 90.4106944Coordinates: 23°44′15.40″N 90°24′38.50″E / 23.7376111°N 90.4106944°E / 23.7376111; 90.4106944
Country Bangladesh
Founded 1972
Membership 1,015,116
Chief Scout Md. Abdul Hamid
Chief National Commissioner Dr. Md. Mozammel Haque Khan
Affiliation World Organization of the Scout Movement
Website
Bangladesh Scouts
 Scouting portal

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.[1]

History[edit]

Historic membership badge of the India branch of the Scout Association (note: modern Bangladesh is included in the map)

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.[2]

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.[3] In 1972, the Bangladesh Boy Scout Association was officially formed as successor of the East Pakistan Boy Scout Association.[4]

Bangladesh became an independent member of the World Organization of the Scout Movement in 1974.[4] 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.[4]

Outreach[edit]

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.[citation needed]

Program and ideals[edit]

President's Scout Award, the highest award for Scouts
Bangladesh Scouts Contingent on 21st World Scout Jamboree
Bangladesh Scouts Contingent on 22nd World Scout Jamboree

The membership badge of the Bangladesh Scouts incorporates elements of the flag of Bangladesh as well as the crescent moon as a symbol of service and the white background is the symbol of peace.

প্রতিজ্ঞা (Promise)[edit]

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)[edit]

     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

  1. A Scout's honour is to be trusted,
  2. A Scout is a friend to all,
  3. A Scout is courteous and obedient,
  4. A Scout is kind to animals,
  5. A Scout is cheerful at all times,
  6. A Scout is thrifty,
  7. A Scout is clean in thought,word and deed

Motto[edit]

The Scout Motto is "সেবার জন্য সদা প্রস্তুত থাকতে যথাসাধ্য চেষ্টা করা", meaning "Do our best to be prepared for service"

Uniform of the Bangladesh Scouts

Uniform[edit]

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

Training Center[edit]

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:

  1. Bahadurpur (Rover Scout Training Centre), Gazipur
  2. Muktagacha, Mymensingh
  3. Kaptai, Rangamati
  4. Dosmail, Dinazpur
  5. Lokkhonabond, Sylhet
  6. Rupatoly, Barisal
  7. Lalmai, Comilla
  8. Pulerhat, Khulna
  9. Nawdapara, Rajshahi
  10. Nawdapara, Bogra

National Scout Jamborees[edit]

Name Date Place
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

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Triennal review: Census as at 1 December 2010" (PDF). World Organization of the Scout Movement. Retrieved 13 January 2011. 
  2. ^ "Pakistan Scouts Silver Jubilee Jamboree (November 11, 1973)". Retrieved 19 January 2011. 
  3. ^ Keith Larson. "Bangladesh Boy Scout Mail". Scouts on Stamps Society International. Archived from the original on 23 December 2010. Retrieved 19 January 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c "History of Bangladesh Scouts". Pakistan Philatelic Net Club. Retrieved 19 January 2011. 

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