Nepal Scouts

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Nepal Scouts
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नेपाल स्काउट
Headquarters Post Box no 1037
Location Leknath Marg, Lainchaur, Kathmandu
Country Nepal
Membership 32,000
Patron Puspha Kamal Dahal
Chief Scout Daljit B. K. Shrepaili
Chief Commissioner Rabin Dahal[1]
Website
http://www.nepalscouts.org.np/
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 Scouting portal

The Nepal Scouts (Devnagari: नेपाल स्काउट) is the national Scouting and Guiding organization of Nepal, founded in Nepal in 1952. It became a member of the World Organization of the Scout Movement in 1969 and later became a member of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts in 1984.

The organization serves 19,952 Scouts (as of 2011)[2] and 11,962 Guides (as of 2003).

History[edit]

In 2007, as part of the centenary of Scouting, Nepal renamed Urkema Peak in the Himalayas to Baden-Powell Peak.[3]

Program[edit]

Programs focus on handicrafts, hiking, camping, nature conservation and community development. Service activities include adult literacy campaigns, food production, child vaccination and drug abuse education. Relief operations are mobilized during earthquakes, floods, landslides, fires and other natural disasters.

Activities[edit]

Scout activities are organized for both boys and girls jointly; but training, camping and other aspects of the program are conducted separately.

Under the national education system, university students pursuing the masters level are required to serve in a village for a year. These students are given an orientation that includes Scout training.

National jamborees[edit]

The first national jamboree of the Nepal Scouts was organized in 1987 at Kritipur.

The second national jamboree was organized in 2013 at Tikauli of Chitwan District (after almost 26 years) and was themed Peace and Harmony.[citation needed]

Training centres[edit]

Panoramic view of Nepal Scout National Training Center at Sundarijal, Kathmandu

The Nepal Scouts has its National Training Center at Sundarijal, Kathmandu. The International training center is situated at Kakani, Nuwakot District.

Sections[edit]

  • Cubs/Brownie: Ages 7 to 10
  • Boys/Girls Scouts: Ages 11 to 15
  • Rovers/Ranger: Ages 16 to 25

Scout Mottoes[edit]

  • Cubs: सक्दो कोशिस गर Sakdo Kosis Gara (Do Your Best)
  • Scouts: तयार होऊ Tayar Hou (Be Prepared)
  • Rovers: सेवा Sewa (Service)

Emblem[edit]

The membership badge of the Nepal Scouts incorporates elements of the flag of Nepal, and both the trefoil to represent the girls and the fleur-de-lis to represent the boys, as well as the founding date in both Western and Nepali calendars.

The highest rank is the Everest Badge.

International Scouting units in Nepal[edit]

Nepal has active expatriate Scout groups, including the American Boy Scouts in Kathmandu, the Direct Service Pack, and Troop 900. These are sponsored by the Lincoln School and linked to the Direct Service branch of the Boy Scouts of America, which supports units around the world.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "स्काउटमा दाहाल र भण्डारी". Rajdhani Dainik. Retrieved 2015-01-16. 
  2. ^ "Triennial review: Census as at 1 December 2010" (PDF). World Organization of the Scout Movement. Retrieved 2011-01-13. 
  3. ^ "Baden Powell Peak in Langtang region". Explore Himalaya Travel & Adventure. Retrieved 2008-08-06.