The National Organisation for Scouts and Guides

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Sultanate of Oman
National Organisation for Scouts and Guides
الهيئة العامة للكشافة والمرشدات
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Country Oman
Founded 1948
Membership 19,000
Affiliation World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, World Organization of the Scout Movement
Website
http://www.omanscouts.gov.om
 Scouting portal

The National Organisation for Scouts and Guides (Arabic: الهيئة القومية للكشافة والمرشدات‎) is the national Scouting and Guiding organization of Oman. It was founded in 1948, and became a member of the World Organization of the Scout Movement in 1977 and of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts in 1996. The coeducational National Organisation for Scouts and Guides has about 19,000 members (8,892 Scouts[1] and 9,965 Guides) as of 2010.

Traditional Scouting program is adapted to meet national needs. Service projects include filling in swamps in villages and insect control, planting trees and fighting fires. Scouts also help in guiding pilgrims in Mecca.

There are also various Rainbow, Brownie and Guide packs as well as a recently opened senior section.

The Scout Motto is "Kun Musta'idan" or كن مستعداً, translating as "Be Prepared" in Arabic. The noun for a single Scout is Kashaf or كشاف in Arabic. The membership badge of the National Organization for Scouts and Guides incorporates the coat of arms of Oman, and both the trefoil representing the girls and the fleur-de-lis representing the boys.

International Scout units in Oman[edit]

In addition, there is a British Scout Group (British Scouting Overseas) [2] meeting at both the British School Muscat and at the American British Academy which is linked to the British Scout Association (The Scout Association). An overseas branch of the Sri Lanka Girl Guides Association operates at the Sri Lankan School in Muscat, Oman.[3]

In 2009, Girl Guides at the Sri Lankan School in Muscat had their camp in October canceled to prevent the spread of Swine 'flu.[4] The Guides paper recycling project was also discontinued for the same reason.

The high number of Indian schools in the Sultanate have their own scouts and guides program affiliated to The Bharat Scouts and Guides, India. Camps are organised yearly by the schools (usually sending members and faculty to other schools for a 3 day and 2 nights camp). Scouting and Guiding is compulsory for all school children at Indian Schools and lasts for no more than 3 years (usually class 6 through 8).[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Triennal review: Census as at 1 December 2010". World Organization of the Scout Movement. Retrieved 2011-01-13. 
  2. ^ http://www.omanbso.org/ | 1st Oman Scout Group (British Scouting Overseas)
  3. ^ "Sri Lankan Guides in Oman get creative...". The Sunday Times. 2009-08-30. Retrieved 2009-09-03. 
  4. ^ "Swine flu affects Girl Guiding in Oman". The Sunday Times. 2010-01-31. Retrieved 2010-02-04. 
  5. ^ http://www.bsgindia.org/membership.htm

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