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Busoga King joins Jinja Scouts in Campsite Silver Jubilee celebrations

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Jinja: Himself a Scout and a former camper at the same site, the Kyabazinga of Busoga, His Royal Highness William Nadiope IV spent his Saturday in a familiar crowd.

“I am a scout and I will forever be a scout,” the king told a cheerful crowd at the opening of his speech. “I used to camp here and I am happy to be back.”

Jinja Scouts Association invited the Kyabazinga to celebrate with him 25 years of BP Training and Camping Ground. The Campsite itself a got by the scouts with the help of the Kingdom was developed in 1993 with a partnership of the Jinja scouts and scouts from Avon County in the United Kingdom.

Welcome Home: The Kyabazinga being welcomed at the celebrations by the Chief Prince of Busoga, Samwiri Zirabamuzale who is also district deputy scouts commissioner Youth Programs. Looking on (in scout uniform) is the Jinja District Scouts Deputy Chief Commissioner =, Mr Isaac Imaka and District Scouts Council Chairman, Mr Pithy Ndiko(In black jacket)
Happy to be home: HRH William Nadiope IV, the Kyabazinga of Busoga, waves to the campers.

“We are grateful for the partnership and since 1993, a lot of young people have been mentored and nurtured through this place at the different camps and activities that take place here,” Mr Pithy Ndiko, the chairman of the Jinja Scouts Association Council said.

At the ceremony the king inspected a guard of honor mounted by scouts from over twenty schools from Jinja. He there after inspected different campsites where he scouts showcased their creativity in design and craftsmanship with items like dining tables, seats and showers made of only ropes and wood.

The Anthems: Scouts and Busoga Kingdom leaders join the Kyabazinga in singing the National and Busoga anthems.
Campers’ Life: The king leaving his tent to go and inspect the work scouts were doing at the during the camp.

“It is our hope and desire that we continue mentor and inspire the young people of Busoga through scouting.

“You honoring our invite is a sign to the young people that their king and inspiration appreciates the work of scouting and we ask that you continue endorsing our activities as scouts,” the Jinja district Scouts Commissioner”, Michael Baraza said in his speech.

We love scouting: A young female scout narrating her love for scouting the the Kyabazinga.
Some of the female campers during the celebrations

Earlier on, Mr Baraza had taken the King around the campsite to show him the work being done by the young scouts and the projects the district has earmarked to start.

Among these is a 100 bed Boy Scout hostel, the first of its kind in East Africa, which the Jinja scouts plan to use as an income generating project to be run and managed as an affordable hotel for tourists in Jinja.

It will run using the model of the YWCA hostels strewn around the world where card holding members of the YWCA sleep at the facilities at half price.

Jinja district Scouts Commissioner, Michael Baraza, explains to the Kyabazinga about the menstrual pads project. Looking on is the district deputy scouts council chairman, Joseph Waiswa

The Kyabazinga broke the ground for the hostel and it will be named Gabula Boy Scouts Hostel, after him.

Also, in honor of the Kyabazinga’s tree planting and environment protection campaign, the Jinja Scouts Association also introduced the Kyabazinga Environmental Challenge and the king launched trophy which will be competed for annually and will be won by the best scouting group in protecting the environment.

The Jinja scouts association also used the event to award Father Picavet a medal for his illustrious contribution to the development of scouting in district, especially the Buwenda Campsite.

Father Gerald Picavet receiving his medal for the illustrious contribution to scouting and the development of the campsite
Nice: Father Picavet admiring his medal

The event was partly sponsored by Bigfoot Media flagship brand, Eagle Online Publication.

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