Bellana Vidanalage Rex Jayasinha, famously known as Rex Jayasinha was a product of S. Thomas’ College, Mount Lavinia who went on to become the Chief Commissioner of Sri Lankan Scouting.
He was born on the 14th of June 1931 during a crucial time period of the contemporary world. He attended S. Thomas’ Mount Lavinia from 1937 to 1949. He was one of the founding students of S. Thomas’ Guruthalawa when the institution was temporarily transferred to Guruthalawa during the 2nd World War, when STC Mount functioned as a hospital…
He went onto pursue his further studies at the University of Peradeniya and received a B.A. (Special) in Geography in 1988.
He was a dedicated government servant and served at various institutions holding various positions. He became the Chief Commissioner of the Sri Lanka Scout Association in 1988.
When referring to the contributions he made towards the development of Scouting, he is remembered for proposing the idea of a “SAARC Jamboree”, and also for implementing it. He proposed the idea of this at the Asia Pacific Regional Scout Conference held in Australia in 1989. He saw the idea being immediately accepted by the President of Sri Lanka at the time Hon. Ranasinghe Premadasa. Therefore, arrangements were made to host the said jamboree at the Vihara Maha Devi Park in 1990. However, quite unfortunately Mr. Rex Jayasinha did not see it through to the final implementation, as he passed away on the 3rd of February 1990, a few weeks before the jamboree.
He is most faithfully remembered for the immense service that he rendered for the development of Sri Lankan Scouting.