New Delhi, December 30: India will be world’s youngest country by 2020 which will be an asset only if youths are skilled and oriented towards the service of the nation, said President Pranab Mukherjee while inaugurating the 17th National Jamboree of the Bharat Scouts and Guides in Mysore on Thursday.
The national Jamboree is held once every four years and is an opportunity for the scouts and guides to exchange ideas, interact, hone their skills and leadership qualities, and participate in various activities including cultural programmes to strengthen national integration. The events will conclude on January 4th, 2017.
"I am sure that the activities in the Jamboree will help Scouts, Guides, Rovers and Rangers and other Volunteers to develop leadership qualities, co-operative spirit and moral values," President Mukherjee said. Expressing his happiness over the growth of the Scouts and Guide Movement in India, he said, "Scouting is not mere membership of an organisation, but a commitment to uphold truthfulness and dignity in one's own life at a very young and impressionable age.”
"In fact, as a world youth movement in a globalised world, Scouting has a global responsibility to meet the challenges of development. It has shown the world how developing countries can benefit from a non-formal education system like Scouting," he added.
The scouts and guide movement in India has a strength of over five million scouts and guides today. There are over 50 million scouts and guides throughout the world in 216 countries and territories between the age group of 3 to 25 years.
He ended his address saying, "I appeal to all of you to dedicate yourselves wholeheartedly in the service of your motherland. May your meritorious service be the lodestar for others to follow suit in the coming years. Spread the ideals of the Movement and emulate them in your daily lives. I extend greetings to all of you and wish the Bharat Scouts and Guide Movement all success in its future endeavour."