Being a Scout Leader myself, I was very happy to hear that the Goa Scouts won second place at the national level. The award was presented to Goa during the national council meeting of the Bharat Scouts and guides held recently in New Delhi.
The award is in recognition of Goa achieving second position in the overall average percentage increase in the census of the scouts and guides wing for the year 2011-12.
As per the 2009 census, there were around 22,000 scouts and guides in 138 member schools in Goa. This number has swollen to approximately 31,000 scouts and guides in 2012 with 31 new schools joining the association.
“It is for the first time in the history of the movement in Goa that appreciable growth has been achieved. This was possible due to sustained efforts of promotion, visionary planning and unanimous cooperation and support extended by the member schools,” the Goa Bharat scouts and guides association said in a statement.
In todays day and age of television, Facebook and online games, it is nice to see children in Goa taking part in outdoor activities and making real friends. In addition, the values of the Scouts (like “Do a good deed everyday” and “Be Prepared”) will surely come in handy for these children when they grow up!