By Siauw Yu Chuan
Baden Powell mentioned in his speech during the 1st World Scout Jamboree in 1920, “through the world wide spirit of the Scout brotherhood, so that we may help to develop peace and happiness in the world and goodwill among men.” To forge lasting friendships with scouts of other nationalities is the basis of establishing stability in scouting and the world.
Taking part in the ASEAN Scouts Youth forum was a chance to make new friends with scouts from our neighbouring countries. It was an opportunity with our scouting friends to discuss issues pertaining to global sustainable development and getting to understand the importance of ASEAN in order to attain the world scouting vision of “Creating a Better World”.
Scouting is a movement that has impacted many people around the world, across various political systems and ideologies. It was heartening to see that although we are unique in our own ways, but we still share the journey and joy of scouting and giving back to our country and community. Many new friends found, and fond memories forged.
The most important take-away from this forum was the fact that we share the responsibility of achieving sustainability to ensure better environment for our future and our young ones. As scouts, we need to have the moral courage to take action and initiate change in our lives.
During the forum, various speakers were invited to share their insights on world issues such as urban sustainability, inequality and diversity. We also took part in a service project to bring the elderly and the mentally disabled on an outing to Sentosa and Gardens by the Bay. Realising that everyone is not born equal, some may be privileged while others aren't. Inequality is inevitable, but it is how we manage these issues so that we can build an inclusive society for all.
As stated in our scout promise, 'to do my duty to God and the Republic of Singapore, to help other people and to keep the scout law'. We have made the promise to serve the greater good when the scarf is placed around our necks when we started our journey as scouts. We may not be able to help everyone, but a good turn a day, a person at a time, making a difference for our future.