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Showing posts with label Scouting. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Scouting. Show all posts

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Youth Involvement

This post is targeted to Scouting, however other similar organizations that work with Youth will find this helpful. 

What is Youth Involvement?

Youth involvement is a process that ensures youth have a voice in the decisions that affect their lives. It creates volunteer opportunities for youth to be a part of the changes and decisions being made in their communities. 

There are two main ways in which voluntary organizations can engage in youth participation:
• Internally, ensuring that young people are listened to and involved in decision-making and planning within their own organizations;
• Externally, supporting the young people they work with to get involved in public decision making and address issues that are of concern to them.
In scouting we can take three areas where youth should be encouraged to be involved:

1.       At level of the group/unit; it is important to include young adults in the functioning of the units or groups. Adult with more experience should mentor the young adults keeping their activities on the tight path, in accordance with the scout method, purpose and principles.

2.       Within the movement at other levels; Young adults should be involved while taking major decisions in the local, provincial, regional and national level in scouting. It should be remembered that the scout movement is a movement FOR the young people and it should be of their interest and of themselves rather than an adult show. An equal share of adults and young people should be there in all decision making levels.

3.       Within the community; Scouting is a movement which strives to create a better world, to create this better community scouts as young adults take up leading roles in upholding leadership roles and work in different social initiatives. Positive youth involvement in the community leads to a creation of a better society.

Friday, September 16, 2011

The Bangladeshi Freedom Fighter: Habibul Alam, Bir Pratik

"... The white Chevrolet rolled into the porch and two people were trying to get out. I threw the second grenade, which landed near the revolting door... It was for the first time that the people who were hanging around Hotel Intercontinental saw with their own eyes that an attack on the government was being made by the freedom fighters ..." 

For those of you who have not met a real "Guerrilla rebel", a real "Freedom Fighter", a real "Hero", a real "Scouter" and a real "Gentleman", all "in one", here is the man you should read about.

Habibul Alam, only a student at Dhaka University, joined the liberation war in Bangladesh early 1971. He fought for a free independent Bangladesh under the command of Sector-2 and K-forces. He made his stand strong and made history witness, his courage and bravery by leading the first group of 17 boys that came into the heart of Dhaka City to fight the enemy. His role in the liberation war till its very end was not just important but necessary. 

For his active participation and bravery in the war of Liberation in 1971 the Government of the Peoples' Republic of Bangladesh awarded him the gallantry award "Bir Pratik". 

Sunday, January 2, 2011


Mr. Ahmed Ali Maniku
Maeed M. Zahir | Hussain M. Haneef

“My advice to all the Scouts and Leaders is to respect the Scout Promise you have taken and to act accordingly to what is mentioned in that Promise” says the former Chief Commissioner Mr. Ahmed Ali Maniku.
Ahmed Ali Maniku, famously known among Scouts or Scouters as Ken or Kennedy Sir was the Chief Commissioner of the Scout Association of Maldives from 2004 – 2010. He is among those prominent Scouters of Maldives who plays a very important part in the development of Scouting in the country. Kennedy joined the Scout Movement in 1965 at 1st Male’ Scout Group, as a young student of Majeedhiya School. During these 45 years he has loved and enjoyed the Scout movement contributing in determination and enthusiasm in trying to build better scouting in Maldives. Mr. Maniku is a 3 bead Wood Badge holder, an Assistant leader Trainer (ALT).

Monday, December 27, 2010

Emblem of the Scout Association of Maldives

The following Emblem and its description has been officially passed by the National Executive Committee of the Scout Association of Maldives and will be included on the New Constitution of the Association. 

Colour Code:
Green:           Pantone 348C / CMYK (%) C 100, M 0, Y 80, K 25
Yellow:          Pantone Process Yellow C / CMYK(%) C 100, M 0, Y 0, K 0
Dark Blue:      Pantone Blue 072C / CMYK(%) C 100, M 88, Y 0, K 5
Blue:             Pantone Process Blue C / CMYK(%) C 100, M 10, Y 0, K 10

The Emblem is circular with a Green background.  The emblem consists of a skipjack tuna with dark blue lines inside a white circle in the centre of a yellow fleur-de-lis, which is evenly centred on the green background. The three petals of the fleur-de-lis are bound by a rectangular green belt with three yellow small rectangles with rounded corners on the centre of the belt. The left and right petals of the fleur-de-lis has a green five pointed star on each and the centre petal has a green spindle in the centre. Below the fleur-de-lis is a white half cresent.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Youth Involvement in Scouting - Maldives: National Rover Scout Council (NRC)

Concept Paper 2
National Rover Scout Council (NRC)


Youth Involvement is an area in Scouting that has been debated and discussed throughout the scout world. Involving Youth or to be specific Young Adults (18-26) has been a priority at regional as well as world level in Scouting. Scouting is a Movement FOR the youth therefore it’s only fair that young adults or the youth have a say in the decisions that are made that will directly or indirectly effect them. As a movement that works to create a better society that will lead ultimately to create a better world, with its purpose to create better citizens by giving its youth members leadership skills and citizenship training it is essential that youth be given priority and status within the movement.

At world level there are Youth Advisors elected for the World Scout Conference to be members of the World Scout Committee to raise Youth issues and give their opinions and suggestions to the decisions that are made for the betterment of the movement.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Youth Involvement in Scouting - Maldives: National Scout Youth Forum

Concept Paper 1
National Scout Youth Forum


Scout Youth forums provide opportunities for the young people in scouting to express their views and make recommendations on issues that interest them, enabling them to develop the skills necessary to strengthen their capacity to take part in decision making process. Youth forums provide opportunity to the national and local levels; to listen to the views of young members on issues concerning them.

Proposed Youth Forum Concept for Maldives

Provincial OR Regional Youth Forum:

The geographical distribution of Islands in Maldives makes it difficult for organizing any major scale event in the county.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Youth Involvement in Scouting - Maldives: Introduction


There are three age groups in Maldives that the Scout Association Maldives target its programs; the Cub Scout age group (7-12), the Scout age (12-18) and the Rover Scouts (18-26).

Membership growth is one of the key issues that the Scout Association of Maldives is facing today, in terms of leaders as well as in youth members. One of the prime reason is because the scout association has paid very less attention to the adolescents or young adults; the Rover age group. This has led to the loss of membership and increase dropout of members in the movement.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Youth Environment Forum - Suncheon, Korea

Youth Environment Forum
27th Asia Pacific Jamboree & 3rd International Patrol Jamboree
Suncheon, Korea
7th August 2010


The Youth Environment forum was held as a program of the 27th Asia Pacific Jamboree & 3rd International Patrol Jamboree held in Suncheon, Korea. The Youth Environment forum took place on the 7th August 2010. 76 scouts from Korea, Japan, Indonesia, Philippines, Brunei, Tunisia, Bangladesh, Nepal, Thailand, Singapore, Sri Lanka, America, Mongolia, Fiji and Papua New Guinea took part in the forum. The forum was facilitated by the APR Young Adult Members Group (YAMG) and Korea Scout Association (KSA).

Monday, September 20, 2010

What can we Scouts do to help save the environment ...?

This August in the Youth Environment Forum in Suncheon, Korea during the 27th Regional Scout Jamboree I was asked to give a keynote speech on the different environmental issues that we are facing today in a global perspective. After concluding the speech, the forum was open for questions ... among the many questions I was asked one particular question was "What can we Scouts (young people) do to help save the environment?"

It was just the question I wanted to be asked...

Saturday, September 18, 2010


“First Maldivian to Hold the Wood Badge and the Leader Trainer Beads and the Oldest Scout in Maldives”
“If you don’t have the time for scouting, even if you are the best scout in Maldives, don’t hold responsible posts but rather support scouting and remember that you are not a genius and there are others and this movement and it is not your private property” says Ahmed Imad Mohamed, undoubtedly one of the greatest scouters Maldivian Scouting had ever seen. He is indeed one of the Founding fathers of the Maldivian Scout movement and he is the oldest living scout in Maldives. Brother Imad started his scouting in Colombo, Sri Lanka while pursuing his studies in the Wesley College Colombo in 1961. He has continued scouting ever since. Imad continued scouting as a Rover Scout in Egypt and did PTC Training that is equivalent to BULTC. Returning to Maldives became a Scout Master at Majeediyya School with Scout Abdul Jaleel as Headmaster and Mr. N.D. Hameed as Principle. Imad served as a Scouter to Male’ English School and Aliyaa School and Mauhad Dirasathul Islamiyya.

Monday, September 6, 2010

My thoughts ... SAM registration issue with Home ministry

This morning (5/9/2010) there was a Radio report sent by one of the leading FM channel in Male', DhiFM on the different issues that the Scout Association of Maldives is facing. Latter I was confirmed by a friend that a report on this was brought by DhiTV in the 8:00 PM News.

In the particular radio interview (which I was listening through web) there was a spokes lady from the Home ministry saying that the Association had been shortlisted for termination of registration since they have not been following the Associations and Organizations regulation, the Association has not send Annual reports and Executive committee details for the past two years. However the name of the Association has been removed from this list after the Association requested to extend the deadline, also in the interview the lady explains that if the documents are not sent to the ministry the association will be terminated.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

53rd JOTA and 14th JOTI 2010

The 53rd Jamboree On The Air will take place on 16 and 17 October 2010.

Vuvuzela Morse Code

From the National JOTA Organizer in (of course) South-Africa comes the suggestion to have a game with Morse Code on the vuvuzela. Dave Gemmell suggests:
  • i) choose a place to practice so as not to annoy any one.
  • ii) don’t practice after 19H00 or before 08H00 or on Sundays
  • iii) wash/clean the mouth piece properly before blowing
  • a) send each character correctly in morse.
  • b) how many scouts can receive message correctly?
  • c) determine the maximum distance that can be achieved.
  • d) record the distance and tell us about it.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Scouter of the Month: Aug 2010

[taken from www.scoutsofmaldives.com]
Regional Director, Asia Pacific Region
World Organization of the Scout Movement
Ask yourself what you can do for the association and for the movement and not blame others for what has not been done” says Mr. Abdulla Rasheed, currently the Regional Director for Asia Pacific Region of the World Organization of the Scout Movement.
For those of you who may not know him (highly doubt it), he also happens to have been the 2ndChief Commissioner after the formation of the Maldives Boy Scout Association in 1984. He came to office after the death of Honorable Ahmed Shathir in 1994 and remained in office till 1997.
He also had served as the Deputy Minister of Finance, as the Election Commissioner and also worked with the United Nations in various projects in Maldives.
As Maldives celebrates 53 years of Scouting it is important for scouts of Maldives to learn more about the pioneers of Scouting in the country. Mr. Rasheed will be remembered in Maldivian Scouting history as an energetic hard working Scouter who worked alongside those determined leaders to spread scouting in the country and for making it possible for scouting to exist even today in Maldives.
He had inspired a lot of Maldivian Scouters, Scout leaders and Scouts and earned respect and love. He is the very first Scouter from the Maldives to fill a job at the World Scout Bureau. He had also worked in the Asia Pacific Regional Program Committee as the Chairman for the term 1995-1998.
We truly are proud to have him out there at regional service. Mr. Rasheed has earned the trust and support from many National Scout Associations in the region as well as at world level. And yet continues to be one of the most prominent professional scouters in the region.
As a result of the hard work and dedicated service to the region and scouting as a whole in running the largest region in term of membership with over 25.03 million scouts, he has been awarded numerous regional and international awards from different National Scout Organizations.
Mr. Rasheed also known as “Seedhibe” among the Scouts in Maldives, played an important role in forming and registering the Scout Association of Maldives (then called as the Maldives Boys Scout Association) as well as in making the association a member of the World Organization of the Scout Movement. He recalls the memories and explains more details in an interview we managed to get from him.
1. SOM: How long have you been involved with the Scouts, when did you join the movement and what made you join it?
“I have been involved in the movement since late 1960’s, first as a sea scout at Majeediyya and was part of the first ever over seas scout trip from Maldives to Sri Lankan moot in 1969. I had a break after school when I was abroad for studies. Coming back to Maldives in 1979; worked as one of the pioneers to register the national scout association in 1981 at the Ministry of Home Affairs. Had been in the national scout council in various positions and became the Chief Commissioner in 1994 till 1997 and continued as a Council member until I left Maldives in 2002”
“I joined scouting in school because every one had to do one activity in school those days and I do not like cadet marching and I do not like band because I had little liking for music”
2. SOM: Is there any Scouter who you admire or inspire, who and why?
“Many and hard to figure out a single one”
3. SOM: What is your most extraordinary or remarkable scouting experience?
RASHEED: “There are many and will highlight a few here.
Home ministry did not agree to register the association until we find two Founder members (Masooluverin) as the law states. Had a very difficult time to convince the Minister then, (Abdullah Jameel) that scouting is non governmental and it is perpetual and the responsible body will be the Council and not 1-2 persons as individuals. Finally he agreed and SAM was registered. The same day the Girl Guide Association was registered and we worked together for the registration.
Holding of the very first official Basic Course under SAM followed by few others and then finally the First ever Wood badge Course and to award the First Wood badge beads to the few Maldivian scouters.
Holding of the First National Jamboree in 1986 and challenge from World scout Bureau indicating that until we are a member of WOSM we cannot hold a national jamboree. We fought for it and went ahead and even got a formal message from then the Secretary General of WOSM late Mr. Lesley Nagy. The Jamboree souvenir was printed with his message and President declared it open at Kuda Bandos
WOSM application was not forwarded by then Regional Director Del Sylvester on the ground that he did not like the SAM logo with the tuna fish and the ten laws in the scout promise. He asked me to change the logo and without the fish and also to change the ten laws as eleven or nine. Which I argued was not acceptable to us until and unless he can convince with logical and conceptual reasoning, which he could not.
“The application after 2 years of pending at Regional office, I was fortunate to meet a world scout committee member then Hartmut Keyler who agreed to take up the matter directly with then Secretary General Jacques Moreilleon based on the formal letter of explanation given. It worked and the application was a direct submission to the world scout committee by passing the regional office and Del Sylvester was made answerable to the delay. The logo and the ten scout laws remained as we had proposed and WSC approved the member ship and in 1990 world scout conference in Paris Maldives became a full member.”
In 1995 at the Singapore Conference I was appointed as the Chairman of the APR Program Sub Committee for the period 1995-1998 just out of the bloom and was a biggest surprise till then.However during the term, I conducted the first APR event in Maldives Giravaru in 1998 and for the first time the Regional Scout Committee Chairman Felix Lee visited Maldives.
I was prompted to apply for the Regional Scout Committee membership in 1998 following the usual regional practice where by all recent past APR Program Sub Committee chairman’s was subsequently elected to the RSC and I was made to understand that everyone in the region will support my application. I prepared the application to submit my nomination but it was not endorsed by the Scout Council then on the ground that I did not hold a wood badge. So my application was not submitted since it is a requirement to NSO endorsement. Alternatively another name was endorsed SAM as a candidate to the regional scout committee at the 1998 Hong Kong conference but Maldives was not elected. On that same understanding of the majority of the Council members, that all Chief Commissioners must be wood badge holders, the SAM constitution was revised and was submitted to the world scout committee in 2002. However, that argument was not accepted by the WSC and SAM was asked to change the draft constitution including many other changes.
I never dreamt, intended or planned to apply for the position at the regional office. During the application period open to the entire region, I was hinted by a couple of leaders within the region and from the Bureau to apply and finally convinced me that I can handle it and I will get through the appointment process. This application does not require the endorsement of the national association but I did inform SAM officially after I made the application. I was short listed among the five and had the interview in Delhi during the regional conference. The appointment was confirmed after the regional scout committee meeting endorsed the recommendation in February 2002 meeting held in Hong Kong.
At the regional office my first challenge was to re-establish in myself, the same type confidence people had developed by then for my predecessor Kim Kyu Young and at the same token to make myself accepted to the whole region which is vast in size, development, in leadership, and in experience in the field of scouting as compared to some coming from a tiny small country not much heard within the region and a country very late to develop scouting. However, I was committed to prove myself and I believe I have been accepted and trusted by the region over the years.
Having accepted the post I have made up my mind very early for a very specific period to stay on that is why even after much persuasion from many colleagues I did not agree to extend my initial contract of 6 years for another 5 years but agree to accept only for another 2 years to end in June 2010. My retirement in June 2010 was announced in the plenary by the Secretary General Luc Panissod, on the first day of the Malaysia conference in 2009 October. However, during the course of the conference, the regional committee met and unanimously requested me to reconsider my decision for another 3 years. Based on which I agreed last December to extend for another 3 years until June 2013 and this was also accepted by the Secretary General.”
4. SOM: In your opinion, being a former Chief Commissioner of the Scout Association of Maldives, what do you think are the immediate works that are necessary to be carried out in Maldives to improve Scouting?
RASHED: “Need a small group of dedicated volunteers who can devote some time every day for the work of the association. There are no full time people in the association and it cannot afford so far. Hence for the love of scouting, few dedicated leaders will have to devote some time every day and this should be shown by practice so that others will follow soon. Few people had worked in the early days in the same manner, almost every day after office hours, for over 10-15 years and to me this is the only practical solution.”
5. SOM: Do you think that Scouting in Maldives has developed in the past few years or had it been the same in terms of quality and standard?
RASHEED: “The answer is yes and no and it is also difficult to comment on quality and standard without deep review of certain aspects of scouting”
6. SOM: What are your expectations for Maldivian scouting?
RASHEED: “To be alive and progressing since to me the scope is there and the sky is the limit”
7. SOM: After your term in the regional office is over what is next?
RASHEED: “I will return to Maldives”
8. SOM: Do you intend, or plan to return back to Maldivian Scouting and work with the Scout Association of Maldives?
RASHEED: “Yes, if there is a feeling and acceptance that I can still contribute in some way or other but do not intend to hold any key position”
9. SOM: What is your advice to all the members of the Scout Movement in Maldives?
“Ask yourself what you can do for the association and for the movement and not blame others for what has not been done.”
10. SOM: Which is the most memorable Scout camp/Jamboree and event so far in your Scouting carrier?
RASHEED: The one held in Hulhule’ in late 1960’s where a whole coconut tree was put on fire with huge flames in the midst of a many other trees by accident in trying to have a very innovative lighting of the camp fire. At the end it was a gibber camp fire light than ever thought since the whole tree had to be cut down without fire getting caught to any other tree.
11. SOM: Is there anyone in particular in Maldives whom you admire as Scouters, If so who?
RASHEED: There are and among the handful of people, Ahmed Zaki, Ahmed Shathir, Ahmed Imad would definitely be worth.

Photos:Scouter Ahmed Imad Mohamed, APR Staff gallery APR/WOSM site.Article, Information and Interviewed by :Maeed M. Zahir and Mohamed Ibrahim (MI)
*NOTE: Scouter of the Month, will be a Series of Interviews we plan to bring YOU our website viewers every month. We will bring to you information about a selected prominent Scouter of Maldives with his/her interview.
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