(LANKAPUVATH | COLOMBO) –World Scout Day celebrations and the presentation of Presidential Scout Certificates were held under the patronage of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the Presidential Secretariat yesterday afternoon (23).
The World Organization of the Scout Movement is the largest international voluntary organization for children with over 52 million children in 172 countries. The highest award a Scout can receive is the President’s Scout Medal.
Attorney-at-Law Janaprith Fernando, Chief Commissioner of the Sri Lanka Scout Association welcomed the Chief Scout President of Sri Lanka Gotabaya Rajapaksa dressing the President with the Scout neckerchief.
The President paid floral tributes to the statue of Lord Baden-Powell, the founder of the Scout Movement, and presented the Presidential Scout Award to selected Scouts, one representing each district.
In parallel to the program held at the Presidential Secretariat, nine programs were held at the provincial level and 700 Presidential Scouts were awarded certificates. The program was conducted by connecting all the provinces live online.
Assistant Chief Commissioner Prabath Kularatne presented the report on the successful completion of the National Scout Operation to plant 100,000 saplings to the President.
The President distributed saplings symbolizing the program of creating a green home garden in the home of every Scout.
Chief Scout Commissioner Janaparith Fernando also presented a memento to the President.
Secretary to the President Gamini Senarath, Secretary to the Education Ministry Prof. Kapila Perera, Former Chief Commissioner of Scouting Major General Milinda Peiris, Deputy Chief Commissioner MFS Muheed and others were present at the occasion.