His Majesty Graces the Opening Ceremony of the King’s Camp (3rd National Scout Jamboree)
4th October , 2015 : Paro : The 1,440 scouts participating in the King’s Camp at the national scouts centre in Paro began their 6 day camp in a most special manner- they received an Audience at their campsite with His Majesty The King. His Majesty spent the afternoon with the scouts.
Addressing the scouts, His Majesty said that they must embody compassion in their service to people, and strength in defending the country.
His Majesty also encouraged the students to read, and said that reading would strengthen their minds and enable them to navigate all challenges in life.
His Majesty visited the camps and grounds where the scouts will live, learn new things, and train during the next 6 days.
Besides the campsites, the Centre includes playgrounds, trails, and an adventure valley with tunnels and ropes for fun activities.
The scouts, participating from all schools in the country, will also train in various sports including cycling, and archery during their time at the camp.
Upon the Royal Command of His Majesty The King, scouting has been greatly revived in recent times. Besides the King’s camp, which is held once every four years, two leadership camps are held annually at Tencholing, and several other small camps and retreats are organized across the country.
Additionally, 6 scouts who participated in the winter youth leadership camp this year received His Majesty’s Scholarships for professional studies abroad. The students competed within their schools, and at the dzongkhag level to participate in the youth leadership camp, from where they were selected for the scholarship based on their leadership as well as academic performance in class 12.
These scholarships to excelling scouts will be granted annually.