The dawn of the year 2007 marked the centenary anniversary of scouting worldwide. Scouting was founded in 1907, in England by Sir Robert Baden Powell, a Colonel in the British Military, and has been declared the largest youth organisation in the world by United Nations, with over 28 million Scouts across the globe.
A special walk was organised by the Colombo District Scout Association and was held on the 24th of February to commemorate Founder’s Day. A group of Scouts from 16th Colombo participated in this event.
The Scout Troop held its annual holiday camp at S. Thomas’ College, Gurutalawa from the 24th to the 29th of April 2007. A total of forty-five Scouts participated in this camp, which was both enjoyable and educational.
The Troop also participated in the annual Scouts’ Sports Meet organised by the Colombo District Patrol Leaders’ Council Forum held on the 9th of May 2007. The outstanding athletic performances of the Thomian Scouts helped them clinch many medals at the event.
On the 16th of May 2007, the College Scouts organised the annual “Cook-it-Out” competition. The guide companies of Ladies’ College, Visaka Vidyalaya and Musaeus College participated at the above event.
The entire Troop actively participated in the Annual Colombo District Public Service and Relationship Week (held from the 17th to the 23rd of June), and earned the highest collection in the district.
The Scouts also emerged winners of the prestigious Mayor’s Flag competition for the Best Junior Scout Troop in the District, for the second consecutive year, and became Runners-up for the C.P. Jayawardene Challenge Trophy for the Best Senior Scout Troop. The competition was held at the Kaduwela Scout Training grounds from the 17th to the 18th of July, 2007. The champion Mayor’s Flag team comprised R.P. Indushan (P.L.), C.D. De Mel (A.P.L.), T.A.G. Fernando, D.L.R. Goonewardena, S.C. Gajanayaka, M.F. Faizal, B.P. Ranwala and D.G.D. Colonne.
Six Senior Scouts from College represented Sri Lanka at the 21st World Scout Jamboree held from the 26th of July to the 8th of August 2007 in London to commemorate 100 years of Scouting. They were J.D.E. Ranasinghe, R.A.I. De Fonseka, N.D. Bastions, M.G.S. Peiris, M.H.G. De Silva and T. Sellahewa. This Jamboree brought together more than 55,000 Scouts from around the world and was the largest youth gathering in modern history.
The Annual Colombo District Camporee was held from 21st to the 26th of August at Vihara Maha Devi Park, Colombo. The College Scout Troop performed exceptionally well winning both “The Best Gateway” and “The Best Camp Site” awards and received all four pennants for maintaining high camping standards.
The Scout Troop became Champions for the 4th consecutive year in both the Scout and Overall categories in the Colombo District Swimming Meet which was held on the 29th of September at the Thurstan College Swimming Pool.
Our Junior Patrol Leaders took part in the annual Patrol Leaders training camp held at St. John’s College while three other Senior Scouts took part in the President’s Award training camp in Kaduwela.
The Troop Community Service Project was held on the 24th of November and this year the Scouts took part in painting a building of the Uyana Kanishta Primary School in Lunawa. Some school items were also donated. Two more community service projects were organised at the Grace Perera Elder’s Home in Dehiwala and at a children’s home in Kotte.
The Troop produced two President’s Scouts, one Chief Commissioner’s Award winner and three District Commissioner’s Award winners during the course of this year. The investitures of sixteen recruits took place in August. During this year our Scout Master completed his phase 4 training course.
We take this opportunity to extend our gratitude to the 16th Colombo Group Committee, Instructors and the parents of the Scouts without whom this year would not have been a success.
The Troop website is being updated regularly and anyone who wishes to find out more about it can log on to www.stcscouts.com which has all the latest information on our upcoming projects, past projects, and also the photos and pictures of the Troop’s activities for the year.
The 16th Colombo Scout Troop has over the years become famous, both in and out of school, for its discipline, skill, adoptability and resilience. The Troop continues to maintain its high standards and hopes that the dawn of a new century will only bring more promise and excellence to the sphere of Thomian Scouting.