A contingent from the Maldives is making final preparations to take part in the World Scout Jamboree 2023, scheduled to be held in SaeManGeum, Jeollabuk-do, Republic of Korea, from 1 to 12 August. The gathering offers a unique opportunity for young scouts to realise their dreams, forge cross-cultural friendships and engage in a safe, inclusive and sustainable programme, according to the World Organisation of the Scout Movement.

The jamboree’s theme revolves around five core elements: Scouting for Life, Smart and Scientific, Safe and Secure, Sustainability, and ACT: Adventure, Culture, and Tradition. The theme of the Jamboree is “Draw your Dream”, representing the willingness to accept young people’s ideas and opinions, and create an opportunity for them to make their Jamboree dreams come true, says the organisation.

The Korean Scout Association is hosting the event for the second time, with the previous occasion dating back to 1991 when it hosted the 17th World Scout Jamboree. This year holds special significance for the Korea Scout Association as it commemorates its centennial anniversary.

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, who is also the current Chief Scout of the Maldives, on Monday, met with the Maldivian contingent at the Centre of Social Education (MCSE). The event was also attended by the Chief Guide of the Maldives, First Lady Fazna Ahmed. Addressing the contingent, President Solih advised the young members of the scouts and guides organisations to fulfil their religious duties, uphold national dignity, and maintain high moral standards. He emphasised the importance of these values in shaping the character of the youth and contributing to the prosperity of the nation.

The president also encouraged the scouts and guides to adhere to their national customs and regulations during the jamboree. He urged them to follow all jamboree rules and represent the Maldives in a positive manner, and make the best use of the various opportunities that the gathering provides for personal development and growth.

In his speech, President Solih acknowledged the exceptional talent of Maldivian Scouts on the global stage and highlighted the inclusion of a Maldivian Scout, Ali Shafa’ath Manik, on this year’s jamboree planning team. He congratulated Scout Leader Ali Shafa’ath Manik for his role in the team.

President Solih wrapped up his speech by calling on all jamboree participants to seize this remarkable opportunity and showcase their abilities and talents. He also presented the Maldivian flag to the contingent leader during the meeting.

The roots of scouting in the Maldives trace back to 30 May 1956. However, the organisation began to take an institutional form in 1984 when the “Maldives Boy Scout Association” was officially registered. Later, on 23 July 1990, the association gained recognition as a member of the World Organisation of the Scout Movement (WOSM) and was renamed “The Scout Association of Maldives” on 14 January 1994.