The little scouts took an oath to refrain from using plastic bags
School children from across the country got to spend six days together at the National Scout Training Centre in Gazipur for the 9th Cub Camporee.
Camp-fires, cub carnivals, cultural programs, and a host of activities kept the little scouts busy for six days. Alongside the fun activities, they also learned how to protect their planet from plastic pollution.
The event pledged to be environment-friendly with a sign hanging on the entrance gate of the venue which read: “Plastic-bag free area.”
The little scouts took an oath to refrain from using plastic bags.
In Bangladesh, children aged between 6 to 11 years are considered as Cub Scouts. Children aged between 11 to 17 years are Scouts while young people aged between 17 to 25 years are referred to as Rover Scouts.
10-year-old scout Hla Hla Yee Marma told Dhaka Tribune: “We promised not to use plastic bags as it is dangerous for our environment. We have learned a lot about protecting our environment from pollution here at the event.”
Over 5,300 Cub Scouts from across the country were taught to do their daily household chores on their own.
A total of 888 tents were set up for the scouts at the event.
According to official statistics, 668 boy cub groups and 260 girl cub groups participated in the camporee.
While addressing the participants during the inaugural session on Monday, President Abdul Hamid said: “There is no alternative to hard work.”
The camporee is held every four years. This year, the student groups stayed at the camp under four villages named Sundarbans, Cox’s Bazar, Kuakata, and Sreemangal. There were eight more sub camps under those camps.
The “Bangabandhu Arena” was installed inside the Sustainable Development Village (SDV) situated in the playground of Mouchak Scout School and College to mark the birth centenary of the Father of the Nation.
Many buses were turned into 3D theaters for kids inside the Bangabandhu arena.
A total of 50 stalls were set up.
Moreover, the Dettol-Harpic Porichchonno Bangladesh campaign was arranged for the cubs where they took an oath to keep the country clean.
Md Younus Ali, a retired army personnel and a teacher of Physical Exercise education in Mukul Niketon High School in Mymensingh told Dhaka Tribune: “Our children have learned a lot at the event, including doing their own work by themselves.”
Mr Ali has been associated with scouting since 1965, when he was in class six.
He said: “Camporee and Jamboree have always contributed to the task of nation-building.”
While visiting the camporee on Thursday, State Minister for Disaster Management and Relief Dr Md Enamur Rahman pledged that the government will keep supporting such initiatives.
The six-day long event ended on Friday.