Around 2,500 Rovers and Senior Rovers from Indonesia, including representatives from Persekutuan Pengakap Malaysia and Persekutuan Pengakap Negara Brunei Darussalam took part in the 4th National Forestry Special Troop Scout Camp at Cibubur Camping Ground, east of Jakarta.
The five-day camp centered on protecting the forest was held on 15th December 2014, having Puan Maharani, daughter of former Indonesian President Megawati Soekarnoputri, and granddaughter of the first Indonesian President Sukarno, who said in her opening remarks that rain forest contains the rich diversity of life that must be preserved.
Moreover, Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture, Puan Maharani, who officially opened the camp said Scouts enjoy camping in the forest but there should be more than enjoying but having the “responsibility to keep it clean.”
The Minister asked Scouts to be a leading pioneer on environmental sustainability program. She added that Scouts can and should have a stronger role, not only in understanding the forestry issues in the homeland, but also take the role campaigning for the preservation of forests in a sustainable manner.
Also attending the camp opening ceremony were Minister for Youth and Sports Imam Nahrawi, Chairman/Chief Commissioner of Gerakan Pramuka Adhyaksa Dault, and around 300 guests. During the camp, the Messengers of Peace activities were being held daily.
– Berthold Sinaulan, APR & WOSM Correspondent
— Photo courtesy: Gerakan Pramuka NHQ and Prabuhi