Closing Ceremony of the 1st ASEAN Rover Moot

His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah ibni His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah, the Deputy Sultan graced the Closing Ceremony of the 1st ASEAN Rover Moot yesterday. His Royal Highness also officiated the presentation of the Highest Awards in Venture Scouts and Rover Scouts to 25 members of the Brunei Darussalam Scouts Association. The function took place at the Youth Centre in Bandar Seri Begawan.

Upon arrival, His Royal Highness as the Chief Scout of the Brunei Darussalam Scouts Association, was greeted by Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Doctor Haji Mohammad Isham bin Haji Jaafar, Minister of Health as the Acting Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports and Awang Haji Metusin bin Orang Kaya Sura Haji Tuba, President of the Brunei Darussalam Scouts Association.

The function began with the reading of Surah Al-Fatihah by Awang Muhammad Najib bin Abdul Hamid, Acting Commissioner of Religious Section of the Brunei Darussalam Scouts Association Headquarters.

The President of the Brunei Darussalam Scouts Association in his welcoming speech among other matters said that the activities carried out during the Rover Moot ran smoothly as planned.

The gathering's theme of 'One ASEAN, One Community in Scouting' can be portrayed in 4 activity categories towards a sustainable development goal. Awang Haji Badar bin Haji Awang Ali, Chief Commissioner of the Brunei Darussalam Scouts Association as the Camp Commandant presented 4 activity categories namely exploration and physical, culture and arts, community service and environment. He added that the gathering with the Out Reach concept conducted simultaneously in the four districts, has provided the participants and local communities to interact directly in various fields in country's community life.

At the function, His Royal Highness presented the Sultan Scout Award, the Baden Powel Award and Scout of the World Award. The Sultan Scout Award was presented to 12 Venture Scouts of the Brunei Darussalam Scouts Association. It is the highest award for Venture Scouts. Recipients of the Sultan Scout Badge are those who are eligible and recognised by the Brunei Darussalam Scouts Association after they have completed a course and tests among them Venture Scouts leadership, First Aid as well as carrying out more than 48 hours of community service.

8 members received the Baden Powell Award which is the first to be awarded to members of the Brunei Darussalam Scouts Association. The award recipient criteria are passes in 4 badges in the Rover Scout Training Scheme including the nationhood badge which is directed to the Malay Islamic Monarchy concept. Apart from that recipients need to obtain badges covering physical, scout and life skills, entrepreneurship and service.

5 members received the Scout of the World Award which is also the first to be awarded to members of the Brunei Darussalam Scouts Association. The award is a World Scout Movement Programme focusing on Rover Scouts globally. Three core matters contained in the award are environment, development and peace.

His Royal Highness then presented certificates of participation to the contingents that took part in the 1st ASEAN Rover Moot in Brunei Darussalam. The gathering was participated by 350 rover scouts from ASEAN member countries and the Asia Pacific Region aged between 18 to 26 years.

The 1st ASEAN Rover Moot saw participation from the host country, Brunei Darussalam, Malaysia, Republic of Indonesia, Republic of Singapore, Cambodia, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. The activities carried out throughout the 1st ASEAN Rover Moot, have been beneficial to the participants. Aside from broadening the mind, it also provides knowledge on leadership which can build up self-confidence in the participants.

His Royal Highness then officiated the Closing of the 1st ASEAN Rover Moot.

Doa Selamat was read by Awang Muhammad Najib bin Abdul Hamid.

Such a gathering which successfully gathered youths from ASEAN Rover Scouts, is held in conjunction with the 85th Anniversary of the Scout Movement in the country and the 100th anniversary of World Rover Scout Movement.

Prior to departure, His Royal Highness received Junjung Ziarah and mingled with the participants. With the success of this year's scouts gathering, the Brunei Darussalam Scouts Association is hoped to continue to be entrusted with the organisation of bigger gatherings at the regional and international levels. This effort will continue to give encouragement to the younger generation of calibre in providing their service to the community and country through scouting activities.

Source: Radio Television Brunei

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