Rwanda Scout Association has held its 5th Inter-Patrol Competition
Rwanda Scout Association has held its 5th Inter-Patrol Competition, and on the same day, December 7, 2018, it has started the National Camp. 156 young people from different districts gathered together in a camp that had the theme: Together, let's promote youth education and development of our country". Participants were in three different categories; patrols that were participating in competitors, observers who were learning and receiving different training as well as unit leaders who were being trained in various aspects of scouting.
The camp was officially opened by the Chief Commissioner, Virgile Uzabumugabo, on December 8, 2018, where he talked about three key things:
“He started by thanking all people who participated in the camp. He emphasized on the responsibilities of everyone from the leader of cub scouts to the National Board members. Second he reminded all the participants that the youth of Rwanda and especially Scouts are looking upon us to provide them with Life Skills that will empower them to become good citizens that participate to the sustainable development of our country. He also reminded people to work together for the best benefit for all.”
The competitors worked hard in order to prove what life skills they have and how they are using it in everyday life to impact positively on youth and scouts in particular. Unit Leaders received the preliminary training courses in order to increase their skills and be able to help young people to achieve the educational program of Rwanda Scouts Association. On the other hand, observers had an opportunity to learn from the experience so that they can grow their scouting skills, knowledge, and competencies.
Bertin from Agami Courage, one of the patrol in the competition, told us that it was his first time to be in the National Inter-Patrol Competition. He told us that before he came, there were many things that he did not know. Now, he is able to frame-up the tents, do marlinespike seamanship, structure the camp and he has met new different people.
Patrols have done projects to tackle social problems. The project was about to help children participate in local government program called "Akagoroba K'abana". Other patrols have built tools to use while helping someone who have a back problem and leg fracture, i.e. clutches and stretcher using trees, cords, etc. Among other skills patrols members were introduced to making utensils table commonly known as "agatanda k'amasahani". They promised to use the skills to positively impact their communities.
It was a joyful and fun-filled since Friday for over 158 scouts from all over the Rwandan Districts who gathered in national camp . It was a great time for the scout youths and the unit leaders for exploring diversity in scouting. The scout enjoyed different scout values, sung songs and networked with other scouts.
During the closing ceremony, Chef Commissioner encouraged them to interact with their local government to ensure they are aware of their scouting activities in order to promote youth education and development of our country. National Blood Transfusion representatives visited the camp and encouraged youth scouts to participate, encourage and give blood in order to save the lives of Rwandans.
Furthermore, the Vice Mayor of Social Affairs in Ruhango District, RSA guest of honor, she appreciated the new behaviors of scouts and their contribution in the community to promote youth education and development of our country. She asked scouts to support their neighbors by applying what they have learned during three days of scout national camps.