History of Scout in Nepal
June 18th, 1952 was the most important day in the history of scouting in Nepal. Father of the nation the late, King His Majesty Tribhuvan Bir Bikram Shah , formally inaugurated Nepal Boy and Girl Scout Association by hoisting its flag in Narayanhiti Royal Palace. A group of scouts and Scouters from Bharat Boy Scouts and Girl Guides Association under the leadership of the then organizing Commissioner Shri Bajpai came to Nepal and trained a group of 30 Nepali Scouters.
The completion of the course coincided with the establishment of the association. Mr. Mrigendra Shumshere J.B. Rana and Dr. Trailokya Nath Upraity were among the core group of people who were instrumental in initiating scouting in the country.
On June 18th, 1959, (Asadh 4th, 2016 Bikram Sambat), the then His Royal Highness Crown Prince Birendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev was appointed and invested with as Chief Scout by His Majesty King Mahendra Birt Bikram Shah Dev at the Royal Palace Premises. It was the proudest day of the movement to have the Crown Prince as Chief Scout. This paved the way for a steady growth of the movement. This was another great landmark in the history of scouting in Nepal.
The tradition of celebrating Scouts’ Day at the Royal Palace premises was established. The same day, Chief Scout inaugurated the National Headquarters’ Office at Chet Bhawan which consisted of two modest rooms, made available through the courtesy of the College of Education. The establishment of this “permanent office” helped to coordinate the activities of scouting which had sprouted in various places in the kingdom.
The year 1959 was important for another reason: Nepal Boy and Girl Scout Association was able to establish a link with the then Far-east regional Scout Headquarters (Now Asia-Pacific Regional Bureau) of the World Scout Bureau (now World Organization for the Scout Movement). It may not be out of place to mention late Gerald Fernande of Sri Lanka, who was the first person to have come from the Far-east Regional Scout Headquarters to assist the Nepal Boy and Girl Scouts.
Scouting gradually caught on and became popular. The main problem of scouting was the shortage of trained manpower and fund. So naturally, emphasis was given to the training of scoutmasters or scout leaders. His Majesty’s Government provided an annual grant of Nepali Rupees 1,600.
This allocated fund was just about enough for “running the office.” The management of the office and training of scoutmasters done through the voluntary service, in the truest sense of the term, provided by interested volunteers-men and women.
In 2020 Jestha 7-13 (B.S), the first Guide Captain training was organized with the assistance of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS). This was a milestone because this laid the foundation for the Girl Scout section to develop a separate identity.
From that period, Nepal Scouts is a joint Association with two separate sections viz Boys and Girls. Both sections function as per the requirements and policy of WOSM and WAGGGS. The boy Section of Nepal Scout was awarded the full membership of WOSM in 1969 likewise the Girl Section received its full Association with 30 members in 1952, is now the biggest disciplined uniformed youth association in the country. The return of Chief Scout from abroad from broad after completion of his higher studies gave an impetus to the movement. The Chief scout took very keen interest and provided an active leadership. It may be recalled here that the Chief scout chaired the Scout Executive Committee meeting once a month. Scouting grew up organizationally and numerically. In course of time, scouting was recognized both within the country and outside the country. Nepal scouts and scout leaders were able to participate in scout activities and conferences abroad. Similarly, scout leaders and scouts visited Nepal.
On the 16th April 1969 (2nd Baisakh), the Boy section of Nepal Scouts received membership of the World Organization of Scout Movement (WOSM). In other words, Nepal became a member of the largest youth organization in the world.
The Girl Section followed suit sometime later. It received an associate member of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) on the 4th September 1978. Full-fledged membership was awarded on July 17th, 1984.
18th June 1978 is another day to be remembered. Chief Patron, His Majesty King Mahendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev enforced the Consolidation Plan proposed by a task force appointed for the purpose.
WHAT IS SCOUTING?
Scouting is a worldwide movement that has shaped the development of youth and adults for more than 100 years. Scouts are in every part of our community, and Scout is the biggest and most successful youth organization. Thousands of boys, girls, and adults from wide cultural or religious backgrounds or with an intellectual or physical disability enjoy an almost unlimited range of activities.
The aim of Scouting is to encourage the physical, intellectual, social, and spiritual development of young people so they may play a constructive role in society as responsible citizens and as members of their local and international communities. This aim is achieved through a strong and active program that inspires young people to do their best and to always be prepared.
SCOUTING IS FUN!
Scouting is education with fun, and it also prepares young people for life in the adult world by teaching responsibility for their own actions and progress. These achievements lay a solid foundation for the success of our future leaders. But don’t tell the kids they’re learning… they think they’re just having fun!
No matter the age of the participant, Scouts provides fun and exciting programs that promote active learning. Whether the young boys and girls are canoeing, camping, visiting museums or helping their local community, the activity is sure to teach them about themselves and the world around them.
SCOUTING IS ADVENTUROUS!
Each year, all sections of Scouts learn to share responsibilities and to live with each other through adventures set in the outdoors. Camping, abseiling, fishing, rock climbing, omega jump, etc, are just a few of the exciting experiences that a Scout may have achieved in his or her time as a youth member.
SCOUTING IS CHALLENGING!
Scouts challenge their minds as well as their bodies. Not everyone looks for the outdoor buzz all the time, so Scouts have challenging activities linked with the internet and amateur radio, performance arts such as singing, dancing, and acting and awards linked to citizenship, community service and personal spiritual development.
SCOUTING IS COMMITMENT!
Scouting makes a direct and positive impact on the community by teaching positive values and leadership skills to youth. Every year, Scouts and their leaders contribute thousands of volunteer hours to their local communities. Sharing time with the aged in the local community, planting trees.
Scouting really is for everyone!
SCOUTING IN GLOBALLY
International opportunities include joining the Jamboree of the Air (JOTA), the Jamboree of the Internet (JOTI), attending a World Jamboree or a World Scout Association event, Asia-Pacific Region
MISSION & VISION
MISSION OF WOSM
The Mission of the Scout Movement is to contribute to the education of young people, through a value system based on the Scout Promise and Law to help build a better world where people are self-fulfilled as individuals and play a constructive role in society.
This is achieved by:
Involving them throughout their formative years in a non-formal educational process using a specific method that makes each individual the principal agent in his or her development as a self-reliant, supportive, responsible, and committed person assisting them to establish a value system based upon spiritual, social and personal principles as expressed in the Promise and Law.
MISSION OF WAGGGS
To enable girls and young women to develop their fullest potential as responsible citizens of the world.
VISION OF NEW HORIZON SCOUT TROOP
By the year 2085 BS, New horizon scout troop will be participate all the grade 5 upto grade 9 students. In scout activity which is well managed, self-dependent and supported by scout master for the development of student with their active involvement in decision making and leadership capacity.
History of NHI Scout Troop
After the establishment of scout of national scout troop, under the regency of his Excellency Late King Tribhuwan, this esteemed institution also imitated about the concept of scout and science 2048 after 2 years of its establishment New Horizon formed its scout troop, under the leadership of Mr. Surendra Shakya, with 4 boys patrol 4 girls patrol where 64 scout students were enrolled. Accordingly from 2056 to 2062 BS it was udner the leader of Mr. Bhabishwor Rana for the 6 years. Since 2063, it was under the supervision of Hari Prasad Poudel and Bal Krishna Bashyal upto 2071 BS. During the leadership of Mr. Hari Prasad Poudel, a scout international Jumboree was organized in Chitwan at Tikauli in 2069 BS, where Mrs. Maya Bhattarai also involved as a teacher member.
After 2074 BS under the supervision and coordination of Mrs. Maya Bhattarai along with the Scout Master Mr. Khumakanta Adhikari, who also has rolled hard to give it the present form with more than five times producing the efficient leadership. Recently we have 5 boys scout troops and 5 girls scout troops and two scout master Mr. Santosh Pandey and Mrs. Seem Bista, operating in this prestigious organization. At present we are running three periods in a week as scout training classes to motivate and mobilize our students effectively. Since 2072 BS our scouters have been actively participating in different local regional and national as well as international level programs.
The regular program which are organized as under mentioned:
1. Weekly scout training classes.
2. March Pass, TT and Drill training.
3. Different recreational and ente4rtaining games.
4. Training campus to the scouters.
5. Literary and Cultural Program
6. Sanitation Program.
7. Hiking, Tracking, Picnic.
8. Adventure Camp.
9. Integration Camp.
10. Friendship Camp.
11. New Year Camp.