“We call upon government to sponsor scouting like another game .Uganda should borrow a leaf from Kenya that facilitates her scouts through education.”
Schools across the country have gathered at Kaazi camp site in Wakiso to take part in the national scouts’ camp and competitions that will see the winner represent Uganda in regional completions in Arusha Tanzania in December.
Richard Kamya, a member of the Uganda Scouts Association told New Vision that this camp is intended to empower scouts for sustainable development.
“We train them how to conserve the environment, weaving and basket making which can be source of income to them,” Kamya said.
Meanwhile they have called upon the ministry of education to facilitate activities of scouting just like any other co-curricular activity in schools.
Several scouts raised a challenge of self-facilitation, making it hard for the scouting activity to boom in schools.
John Ddumba, Koboko district executive commissioner of scouts (DECS) said: “We call upon government to sponsor scouting like another game .Uganda should borrow a leaf from Kenya that facilitates her scouts through education.”
Scouts have been fundamental in championing charity work, voluntary activities and security in the country notably the Martyrs Day celebrations at Namugongo where they help to control crowds.
Last year the scouting community in Uganda commemorated 100 years of existence and the celebrations were officially opened by President Museveni who also serves as the national patron of scouts.
During the century commemoration, President Museveni contributed to the construction of toilets, kitchen and residential structure with a view to turn the camp site into a tourist attraction.