YEAR REPORT – 2014
As the year 2014 progressed, the Troop was able to claim great success. This year also marked 100 years of Scouting in Colombo and the Troop was able to participate in various events that celebrated this landmark achievement. The events began with the appointment of new offices at the Court of Honor.
|Troop Leader||:||S.R. Faber|
|Asst. Troop Leader||:||M.A.A. Deen|
|Asst. Treasurer||:||P. Ahalangan|
|Quarter Masters||:||R.R. Anandakrishnan|
|Co Badge Secretaries||:||P. Ajith & B.C.C.G. De Silva (Term 1)|
|:||D.S. Udage & D.S. Samaraweera (Term 2)|
|:||M.H.Q. Muheed & T.D. Jayasekara (Term 3)|
|Web Masters||:||R.R. Anandakrishnan|
|Eagle Patrol||:||P. Ajith / D. Palapathwala|
|Leopard Patrol||:||B.C.C.G. De Silva / M.D.S. Fernando|
|Kingfisher Patrol||:||W.T.G. Kalana Kulshan / D.S. Samaraweera|
|Bear Patrol||:||R.N.W.A. De Silva / D.S. Udage|
|Shark Patrol||:||V.D. Liyanagamage|
The year commenced with the Troop immediately given the task of organizing the Anglican Christian service to commemorate the centenary year as part of a religious ceremony. Held at the Cathedral of Christ the Living Savior on the 18th of January, this service was officiated by Rev. Marc Billimoria and Rev. Amal Fernando as well as by the Arch Deacon of Colombo, Rev. Perry Brohier. This event turned out a high attendance as the Scout Troop was successfully able to organize this service.
The next event the Troop had to look forward to was the Thomian Triathlon. Held on the 25th of January, this event was considered to be important in the school calendar and once again the Scouts were able to display their skills when they were asked to put up the Gateway at the Main Gate of the school. The Scouts also were able to put up the famous ‘Scout Dunk’, receiving a large crowd at this event for being a major attraction. Following this was the Centenary Walk held on the 22nd of February that commenced from Galle Face and finished at the Vihara Mahadevi Park. The Scout Troop participated by decorating a truck and organizing a double-decker bus, easily becoming the most prominent Troop at this event.
The event that brought this term to a conclusion was the Annual Holiday Camp. Returning to a campsite named ‘Pedro’ deep in the heart of Nuwara Eliya after a lapse of 7 years, from the 23rd to the 27th of April, brought back nostalgic memories to the Scouts who had visited this place before. This camp turned out to be a tremendous success for it was able to provide many memories and moments that will never be matched while also presenting a once in a lifetime experience as well to a few.
The second term began with the District Scouts Sports Gala which the Scout Troop participated in, ending this event being judged 2nd runners up. Despite their position, the Troop was able to learn a lot, proving their values can be upheld even on the sports field. Immediately following this event was the Scout Service and Relationship Week. After two weeks of continuous toil and hard work, the Troop once again emerged the ‘Highest Collectors of the island’ – an achievement that they have continued to receive for the past few years.
Possibly the most important as well as the final event of this term was the Colombo Centenary Scout Jamboree. Being a camp that spanned for seven days from the 1st to the 7th of August, it was held on a grand scale in Madampe. The Scout Troop was able to build a prominent tower and entrance, earning credit for their skills. They displayed high camping standards yet again and was awarded a pennant for this. The District Commissioners Flag which is awarded to the Best Scout Group of the District was won by the Troop for the 4th consecutive year and was awarded at this event.
Rarely taking place in the latter part of the year, the term began with two important District competitions which the Troop has been triumphing in for the past few years. In the competition which is to judge the best Junior Scout Troop of the District, the Troop was placed runners up this year, losing by a slight margin. However, in the Brig. C.P. Jayawardena Challenge Shield competition to judge the best Senior Scout Troop, the Troop was able to emerge victorious retaining the shield for the 6th consecutive year by a record margin of points.
As done every year, the Troop decided to give something back to the community by successfully organizing the Troop Community Service Project on the 25th of October at the ‘Sri Jinananda’ Children’s Development Centre. After painting and refurbishing the centre, the Scouts entertained the children by singing songs. The objective of this project was to create awareness among the Scouts, of the unfortunate living in our society and to provide them with happiness.
The final District competition for the year was the Scout Swimming Meet held at the Wesley College swimming pool on the 8th of November. Sending a select few to participate in the event, the Scouts were able to win numerous races amidst tough competition, finally clinching the Ranil Abeynayake Memorial Trophy as the champions after a lapse of a year.
The Scout Group continued to make groundbreaking achievements when they became the first school in Sri Lanka to introduce ‘Singithi Scouting’. At the inaugural Investiture Ceremony, the Scouts provided a Guard of Honor for the chief guest, the First Lady, Madam Shiranthi Rajapaksha.
The final event in the Troop calendar was the Patrol camp held from the 8th to the 11th of December at Kaduwela. A lot of effort and hard work was put in by the Patrol Leaders towards the success of this camp and the hard work paid off, for the camp left a lasting impression on everyone who attended it.
Our most sincere thanks and gratitude goes out to the Warden, Sub Warden, Group Scout Leader Mrs. Wathsala Wijewickrama, Scout Leader Mr. Suranga Delpagoda, the Group Committee led by Mr. Senaka de Fonseka, the Director of Sports, all the Instructors of the Troop, parents of Scouts and finally the Scouts for their continuous support, dedication and participation towards the success of the Scout Troop of College.
As the year came to an end, all the Scouts were reminded of how much they can achieve with their capabilities and skills, setting an example for the other Troops to follow and ending yet another year with memories, moments, and lessons that will last a lifetime.