General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University since the first National Rover Scout Crew
August 27th 2020 was a special day for Sri Lankan Scout Association as well for General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University since the first National Rover Scout Crew of Sri Lanka was formed with the selected 100 Officer Cadets and Day Scholars of KDU including 24 President Scouts to commemorate the centenary year of the Sri Lanka Rover Scouting at the Inauguration Ceremony of National Rovers held at KDU.
The inauguration ceremony was graced by Major General Milinda Peiris RWP RSP VSV USP ndc psc MPhil(Ind) PGDM, the Chief Commissioner of Sri Lanka Scout Association and the Vice Chancellor of KDU as the Chief Guest. Further, the Staff members of KDU and the distinguished appointment holders of the Sri Lanka Scout Association were among the invitees. The event was held at the scenic KDU Poolside where over hundred and twenty under graduates witnessed the event.
Rover scouting is a programme intended for adult men and women to guide them to become better citizens. The history of Sri Lanka Rover Scouting dates back to 1920, and this year Rover Scouting of Sri Lanka celebrates its centenary. Rovering as the direct continuation of Scouting finds first and foremost its application to the personal development and character growth of youngsters. Further, it is vital for them to be interconnected with the world to lead a home life with real value and virtues as good citizens. Rovering provides great opportunities for adventure, exploration and service with full of satisfaction, and there are many opportunities to get socialized and meet new people.
This endeavour will give the opportunity for KDU undergraduates to take part in national and international Scouts Moots, youth forums and World Jamborees as international representatives and develop their social and leadership skills.