Thursday, September 21, 2017

Scout groups combine to form Union chapter

Local scout groups across six regions and states are combining to form the Union of Burma Boy Scouts in 2016.

Scouts set up a tent in Dawei, Tanintharyi Region. Photo: StaffScouts set up a tent in Dawei, Tanintharyi Region. Photo: Staff

All but the Kachin State groups have integrated into regional and local councils, said U Tin Nyo, chief commissioner of the Union of Burma Boy Scouts. Community-based Scout groups in Mon State and Yangon, Mandalay, Ayeyarwady, and Bago regions have already integrated.

“Many scout programs will expand and they will get training and skills to help in the event of a natural disaster,” he said.

The Union of Burma Boys Scouts will train the regional and local councils to conduct community-based scout associations. They will focus on how to draw more members to the local groups.

“Scouts will help so many people,” U Tin Nyo said. “The more Scouts we get, the more we can support the nation.”

Nearly 60,000 Scouts are already participating as of June 2016, according to Yangon Hluttaw Region Speaker U Tin Maung Tun.

Scouts started in Myanmar in 1916 but was banned by the Ne Win government in 1964. The Ministry of Education piloted a few local Scout programs again in 2012. Now there are Scout associations at 764 primary schools and eight universities.

In November, the Union of Burma Boy Scouts plans to celebrate its 100th anniversary and in 2017 it will attempt to become a member of the World Organization of the Scout Movement, joining the 163 countries that are currently a part of the organisation.