The Africa Scout Day, established following a 1995 resolution (CM/Res.1607 (LXII)) by the then Organisation of African Unity (OAU) now the Africa Union (AU), seeks to recognize the past and ongoing contribution of Scouts in the development of Africa through community service projects. This Day is marked on the 13th of March every year. This is because on 13th March 1961, in Nigeria, African Scout Leaders met for the first time to discuss the organization of the Africa Scout Region.
With two months to go, the host of the 2011 Africa Scout Day, the Burundi Scout Association, is putting their best foot forward as preparations of this once in a year event get in high gear. With support from the Burundi Government as well as their sister project known as “Amahoro Amani”, the host is hopeful for a successful event, whose guest of honour will be H.E. Pierre Nkurunziza, the President of the Republic of Burundi.
The 2011 Africa Scout Day, will carry the theme: “Scouting: building bridges not walls.” Seeking to unite 200 Scouts from Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, Angola and Burundi for a five-day camp where the participants will have an avenue for intercultural exchange and peace promotion for African Youth. In addition, about 1 million Scouts from all the other 37 African National Scout Organizations will also mark this day at national level.
The event will also act as a build up to the upcoming Africa Scout Jamboree in 2012 to be held in Burundi, giving partners an opportunity to work with the Scout Movement and as a pace setter for subsequent Africa Scout Day Celebrations. It is expected that Africa Scout Day 2012 will be held in Angola.
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