Myanmar President leads revival of Scouting as Chief Scout
4. Jun 2014
Scouting in Myanmar claims a moment in history with President U Thein Sein taking oath as Chief Scout of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar.
The country had seen brilliant years of Scouting in the 1950s as the then Union of Burma Boy Scouts (UBBS) was one of the founding members of the Asia-Pacific Region in 1958. As history would have it, Scouting was inevitably dissolved in 1964.
In March 2013, President Thein Sein visited Canberra at the invitation of the Australian Government. Whilst in Canberra, he attended a function hosted by the Governor General, who is the Chief Scout of Australia. As the visit progressed, the President expressed a strong desire to develop Scouting in Myanmar.
Former Scouts and leaders living in Yangon never gave up to see Scouting again and their relentless spirit paid off when the government, through the Ministry of Education, initiated Scouting activities. In May 2013, the Education Ministry and YMCA hosted a meeting with a delegation of senior leaders in the Asia-Pacific Region (APR) representing the World Organization of the Scout Movement. Five months later, the APR organized a Basic Training for Unit leaders, revving up their passion for Scouting that was lost for 50 years.
Various Scout gatherings and camps have taken place in different parts of the country since 2012. With the President’s guidance and the support of the Asia-Pacific Regional office, volunteers are now drafting the constitution to put a formal Scout Association in place.