President Rajapaksa has pointed out that the child generation should be imparted training from the beginning to dedicate themselves on behalf of the country.
The Eighth National Scouts Jamboree commenced today under the patronage of the President. It is being organized at the Eraminiyaya Grounds at Angunukola-pelessa in Ranne. The President declared open the National Scouts Jamboree after receiving the Guard-of-Honour of the Cadets and Senior Scouts. Addressing them thereafter, the President pointed out that he country’s future would be better if the children were satisfied and disciplined.
The President said they could place high hopes when looking at the faces of the children. There is a saying that to decide on the future of the country, their faces should be admired. If they are happy and disciplined and if they are educated and skilled, the country in which they live will have a bright future. The Scouts movement had succeeded in moulding a disciplined generation in which the country had placed trust. The President said he was confident that the movement would be dedicated towards the task of continuing this process.
About 15,000 scouts are participating in the Jamboree. A notable feature is the participation of scouts from the North and the East after a lapse of 30 years. The President also expressed views in Tamil.
The Scouts Jamboree will continue until Thursday. Ministers Mahinda Amaraweera and Mervyn Silva, Chief Scouts Commissioner C. Batuwanwala and President of the Sri Lanka Scouts Association Leslie Rupasinghe joined in the inauguration of the Jamboree.