Uganda Scouts Celebrates Centenary Scouts Jamboree
Royal Life Saving Society Present Water Safety for the Participants during scouts camp in the Kaazi .
The celebration was to mark 100 years of scouting in Uganda which was introduced in 1915 by rev canon H.M Grace at Mbarara high school. The event brought over 15,000 scouts from Tanzania, United Kingdom, Kenya, Burundi, Southern Sudan, Libya, Uruguay, DRC, Scouts leaders and staffs from over 160 countries.
The camping took place from 18th to 28th August 2015 at Kaazi National Camping sites by side of Lake Victoria. The camping was part of serious of activities that graced the celebration. The Openning of the camp took place on 20th August 2015 and was graced by his Excellency President Yoweri Museveni.
One of the elderly scouts from Uganda Mr Ogwal Fenekasi told the Royal Life Saving Society Uganda Volunteers his experience when he went to attend the world Jubilee Jamboree in Britain in 1957 With 26 others from Uganda and went up to Wales where they saw a hill called Lundano which according to him meant “Landed No” and that it was linked to Noah’s Ark.
Various Organizations took place in the event and the mandate of Royal Life Saving Society Uganda was to present water safety presentation to the scouts and its team was also part of the rescue team. Royal Life Society Uganda Volunteers presented water safety, CPR and Basic First Aids to the participants from 20th to 26th August 2015, mostly in the tent that was given for the various organizations where the scouts came in phases and also during the talent show where there were many scouts. The volunteers also during this period slept in 3 small sleeping tents that were given to them to use by Uganda Scouts.
Many of the participants gave their experiences related to drowning among which a scout leader from Iganga Uganda gave a scenario where someone was drowning and he was the only on in the area since he never knew any water safety knowledge he threw a stick and unfortunately it could not rescue the victim hence the victim ended up dying. Meanwhile a scout from Rwanda gave a testimony where he was almost taken by river current but was rescued by his friends using a cows Rope.
Since the swimming Pool that was constructed was not yet in use, the Royal Life Saving Society members went to lake victoria by the camp to do risk assessment in the place where David had ever trained the scouts from but due to rise in tide the place had become risky hence it was not safe to train swimming and water safety practice in water hence all practices was done on dry land.
Many of the scouts and scouts leader appreciated the water safety and those in Uganda have requested Royal Life Saving Society Uganda to go and train their scouts in their districts especially those living by water bodies, since the activities are done by Volunteers they have being informed to raise transport by public means since providing fuel will be expensive, Refreshment and place of residence for the volunteers if they are to go to their districts.
The closing date of the camp took place on 26th /August 2015 by the Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda meanwhile the other activities continues by the Royal Life Saving Society left on this date.