The first term of 1995 was a very successful one for the scouts of the 16th Colombo Scout Troop.
At the beginning of the term the Thomian Scouts participated at the B.P’s Day celebrations; a community service project held at the Vihara Maha Devi Park. We also participated in a community service project organized by C. Kulatilake at the Cheshire Home, Mt. Lavinia.
The Annual Scout Relay Carnival organized by the Colombo District scout branch was also held during the 1st Term. We emerged the under 18 champions, over all runners up and brought credit to College.
During the term, four of our scouts, B.R. Kulapala, D. Aluwihara, H.D. Peiris, T.M.H. Bandara and C. Kulatilake did remarkably well to get the President’s award which is the highest award that a scout could obtain.
During the April holidays the scouts went on a training camp to the National Scout Training Center in Mirigama. It was a very useful camp in which we gained experience and knowledge in various fields related to scouting.
This term was also a very active one for the scouts of 16th Colombo. During the beginning of the term scouts participated in the Job Week. This year juniors and seniors took keen interest in the Job Week and collected a handsome sum of Rs. 60,000/+ which was to be utilised for troop activities.
We also participated at the Sub District Rally which was held at the Blind School. N.D. Aluwihara, A.R. Goonewardene, B.R. Kulapala, D.H. Peiris and T.M.H. Bandara were awarded the President’s Scout badges.
Our Scouts participated in the Poson Lantern competition. We were able to win both Senior and Junior competitions and brought credit to the school. Many scouts concentrated on badge work and several proficiency badges were won by both the senior and junior scouts.
Two of our senior scouts D.H. Peiris and T.M.H. Bandara represented the country at the World Scout Jamboree held In Holland.
Olympics of Scouting – 18th World Jamboree – Holland 1995
President’s Scouts T.M.H. Bandara and M.D.H. Peiris were selected to attend the 18th World Jamboree held in the Netherlands from 1st – 11th August 1995. They were chosen as the two most outstanding scouts in the Colombo district, and received a financial grant of Rs. 100,000/- for their expenses. Their selection has brought much credit to the College and r congratulations to both of them.
There were 25,000 scouts from all over the world who attended this Jamboree the theme of which was ‘Future is now’. They tried to lay down a foundation for a better future and lived and worked together irrespective of caste, race or creed differences.
Participation in this World Jamboree was no doubt an unforgettable and once in a life time experience for these two scouts. The Jamboree was called the “Olympics of Scouting” since it is held once in four years.
Our Scouts have comeback after gaining tremendous experience which they will use to develop the Scout movement in Sri Lanka and very specially the Scout Troop of our Alma Mater.
At the beginning of the term the Thomian Scouts participated at the annual Colombo District Scouts’ Swimming and Diving Meet. We did extremely well to emerge Champions in both swimming and diving competitions for the 2nd consecutive year.
The Thomian scouts participated in the Colombo District Camporee during the vacation. This year too we managed to maintain our standards of scouting by winning pennants for high camping standards on both inspections. We put up a great performance to be placed first in the Sub Camp.
Our Scout Group was awarded the “Onally Gulamn Hussain Flag” for producing the highest number of President’s Scouts, thus bringing great credit to school.
Four of our junior scouts, A.A. Farook, S.N. Peter, S.S. De Alwis and B. Peter did extremely well to win the “Green Cord”, the highest achievement a junior scout can get. Five of our scouts were also awarded the President’s Scout parchment. They are R. Ranasinghe, N.M. Seneviratne, A.R. Gunewardena, B.R. Kulapala, and D.H. Peiris. One of our senior scouts C.A. Kulatilaka was awarded his President’s Scout badge during the term.
This term was a very special term one for the scouts of 16th Colombo. We participated in the Annual Scout week and organized special activities for all the events. The most important one was the “Beats of Scouting”, a Scouts’ and Guides’ get together to celebrate the “Friendship Day”. It was a significant event as the Chief Commissioner Mr. M.M. Mohideen was invited as the Chief Guest to grace this occasion. The Chief Commissioner of the guides, Mrs. Ramya Abeyakoon and Sub Warden Mr. R. Pakiyanthan were also present. This was the first time in the history of Scouting in the country, that a joint programme of this sort was organised along with the Guides. The bonds created between the two Scout entities via programmes of this sort, showed early promise of a long-lasting relationship.
Our scouts also took part in the “Jamboree on the Air” programme” too.
The smooth running of the Troop is mainly due to the keen interest shown by our scouts. We are grateful to our National Training Commissioner and Advisor to the Troop Mr. Daniel Edirisinghe, Group Scout Leader Mr. A.L. Victor, Scout Leaders and Assistant Scout Leaders for their selfless dedication and assistance given to us at all times.
We take pride in mentioning the appointment of our Master-in-Charge Mr. D. Edirisinghe as an Asia Pacific regional representative and for being the first Sri Lankan to be appointed to this post. He has brought great honour to school and country.