While observing that the Scouting movement deserves support and encouragement by all, Governor Dr SS Sidhu has expressed confidence that the contribution made by the Manipur State Bharat Scouts and Guides will go a long way towards expansion of the Scouting movement in the State.
Felicitating the Rajya Puraskar Award winners during a function organised by Manipur State Bharat Scouts and Guides at Raj Bhavan here today, Dr Sidhu said in Manipur Scouts and Guides have been playing an important role in helping the people in various occasions and functions.
He also expressed hope that the Scouts and Guides from Manipur will succeed in the Rashtrapati Scout and Guide Test and will receive certificate and badge from the President of India.
Speaking about the history of Scout movement, Dr Sidhu said it is a world-wide youth movement aiming at supporting young people in their physical, mental and spiritual development so as to enable them to play constructive role in the society.
Scouting began in 1907 when Robert-Powell, Lieutenant General in the British Army, held the first Scouting camp at Brownsea Island in England.
Baden-Powell wrote the principles of Scouting in 'Scouting for Boys' (London,1098) based on his earlier military books.
During the first half of 20th century, the movement grew to encompass three major age groups each for boys (Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Rover Scout) and for girls (Brownie Guide, Girl Guide and Ranger Guide).