Scouts will celebrate the 164th Birth Anniversary of their Founder Lord Baden Powell on 22nd February 2021 by planting trees. Scouts in the island covering 37 Scout Districts are preparing to undertake this project by planting trees in their homes or in their family homes or in their schools. All former Scouts are also invited to join this project.
The official Inauguration will take place in Colombo on 22 February at 10.30 a.m. from President’s House with the planting of the first Tree by His Excellency Gotabaya Rajapakse, President and Chief Scout of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka in the presence of the Chief Commissioner Major Gen. Milinda Peiris, President of Sri Lanka Scout Association Mr. Merille Goonetilleke, Mr. Janaprith Fernando Deputy Chief Commissioner and World Scout Committee member, Chairman of the Committee of the Scout Council Mr. Kapila Kalyana Perera and other Senior Commissioners.
District Commissioners are organizing District level events to celebrate the Founder’s Day with Tree Planting and various other celebration events.
75,000 scouts comprising Singithi Scouts, Cub Scouts, Junior Scouts, Senior Scouts and Rover Scouts are expected to participate and achieve the target of 100,000.
Every Tree planted will have to be uploaded to the ‘Thuru Mobile application under Sri Lanka Scout Association. Continuous assessment will be done to ensure the plants are looked after. An e-certificate will be issued during Earth Hour celebrations which falls on 29th March to all scouts who plant trees.
Best performing Districts will be evaluated during Stevens Day in June 2021. Scouts who have looked after their plants for one year will be issued with a certificate during BP Day Celebrations in 2022.
The entire project is spearheaded by Mr. Prabath Kularatne, Assistant Chief Commissioner -Media, Public Relations and Better World Framework with an Organizing Team of Commissioners and District Organizers.