After the Regional Scout Committee meeting in Dhaka, a regional team led by the Regional Scout Committee member Mr. Fazlur Rahman with Regional Director Mr Abdullah Rasheed went to Nepal from 23-27 April, as part of consultancy visit to National Scout Organizations.
The team met the Chief Scout and Minister of Youth and Sports of Nepal Ms Kamala Roka, assisted by the Secretary of the Ministry Mr Sushil Ghimire, and briefed her on the developments of Scouting in the region, the forthcoming Regional Scout Conference in Dhaka, and the progress of Nepal Scouting. The team also joined the Nepal Scouts Executive Committee meeting held on 24th April. Among the key issues is the proposed National Scout Jamboree and improvements on Kakani Scout Centre.
Kakani is being developed to be self reliant in its operation. At the first quarter of this year, more than 2,200 Scouts and non-Scouts utilized its facilities. Plans are underway to promote the centre to more Scout and youth groups.
With Chief Commissioner Shree Ram Lamichhane, the team visited Scout groups at nearby districts in Lalitpur, Kathmandu and Bhakthapur with a briefing on the Messenger of Peace initiative. District commissioners and executive committee members including young adults used those meetings for sharing of information. In Bhakthapur, a special radio interview was arranged by Bhakthapur Media House which also airs a program on Scouting.
With Nepal Scouts international Commissioner Mr Gunja Bahadur Shrestha, a meeting was set with young people and key leaders of Bharatpur in Chitwan district, about four hours by road from Kathmandu, the proposed venue of the forthcoming National Scouts Jamboree at the end of 2012. There was tremendous enthusiasm among the Scout leaders who discussed the need to strengthen the Rover Section, introduce open Scout groups and involve the corporate sector in Scouting.
Chitwan district has over 2,000 scouts in 40 different schools. District Commissioner Mr Tirtha Raj Neupane shared how Chitwan Scouts are playing a major role in organizing community camps for climate change and disaster control, establishment of Scout fund, and numerous image building activities.