The UPDF Commander of the Special Forces Brig. Muhoozi Kainerugaba has encouraged young people to join scouts as an activity to nurture their skills and values for later life.
Brig. Muhoozi was speaking yesterday at Kisubi Beach in Entebbe while officiating at the close of a one week inter-District skills and scouts camp for over 1000 holiday makers drawn from schools in Kampala and Wakiso Districts.
“If you maintain the values of scouting you will go very far in life because it gives you the discipline and focus you need,” said Brig. Muhoozi, adding that he himself was a scout as a young boy and had no regrets from the experience. He promised to support the activities of the scouts association in future.
The coordinator of the Uganda Scouts Association, Mr. Richard Okello observed that young people’s needs are constantly changing over time and said that scouts camps provide an avenue to enhance their physical, intellectual and spiritual development. “Inculcating these skills early in their life is essential for national development,” said Okello.
Some of the skills learned during the one week sojourn at the camp included first aid, techniques on how to use your environment in a jungle to survive, swimming and other sports.
Scouting is a voluntary and non political association that was founded in the country almost one hundred years ago in 1915. Ssali Joshua a primary five pupil of Shalom primary school in Nakulabye won the best junior scouts award. The patron of Entebbe scouts club and Deputy Resident District Commissioner Mrs. Sarah Bananuka and the Entebbe Police Chief Nyabongo were among the other guests that attended the event.