State Chief Commissioner of Mizoram Bharat Scouts & Guides, Pu Zoliana Royte, Pi K. Lalliantluangi, State Secretary, Pu B. Chhuanliana, Asst. State Commissioner(S), Pi Laldingliani, Vice President and other officials present here today.
I count it a great privilege to have been inducted as the Patron of Mizoram Bharat Scouts & Guides. This movement is a worldwide youth movement which began in 1907 when Robert Baden Powell, Lieutenant General in the British Army held the first Scouting encampment at Brownsea Island in England to support young people in their physical, mental and spiritual development so that they would be able to play a constructive role in society. In India scouting was officially founded in British India in 1909 at the Bishop Cotton Boys’ School in Bangalore. I am happy to note that this movement is playing an active and important role in shaping the character of the youth of Mizoram.
The Scout and Guide Law include trustworthiness, loyalty, courteousness, thriftiness and purity in thought, word and deed. These are virtues which are very relevant in today’s world. The Scout Law and Promise embody the joint values of the Scouting movement worldwide, and bind all Scouting associations together. The emphasis on “learning by doing” provides experiences of learning. Small groups build unity, camaraderie, and a close-knit fraternal atmosphere. These experiences, along with an emphasis on trustworthiness and personal honor develop responsibility, character, reliability and readiness which eventually build up leadership qualities. I take this opportunity to call on all the youth of Mizoram to joint this movement so that we can combine our efforts in building a better Mizoram in which each citizen would be able to play a constructive role in society.