The dawn of a new year for the scouts of 16th Colombo makes no difference, as for them it is yet another three hundred and sixty five days of fun filled adventure, and indeed term one made no difference.
At the beginning of the year itself we had a visitor from Canada a fellow scout, Scouter Peter Duchesne of the 65th Ottawa Scout Group in Canada. The purpose of this visit was to enhance the brotherhood among the scouts of Canada and Sri Lanka and we could say that his was very well achieved in the end.
On the 17th & 18th of January the Colombo District Scout Head Quarters had competitions for the Mayor’s Flag and the C.P. Jayawardena Memorial Shield awarded for efficiency in scouting. To complete these competitions, two teams were sent to represent 16th Colombo. At the end of the two day competition, the senior team which comprised S.N. Peter, A.A Farook, D.T.T. Abeysekara, I.C Rajapakse, S.S. De Alwis, C.T Fernando, L.N. Fernando, M.N.R. Peiris, and M.M. Fonseka emerged first and was awarded not only the C.P.J. Shield but also the Best Senior Patrol Colombo district. The juniors also fared well by coming second in their competition.
The scouts of Sri Lanka witnessed the 5th National Jamboree this year. Thirty Five Thomian scouts participated at this great occasion. The hard work put by all our scouts at the Jamboree was not in vain as we came first in the Colombo Contingent on all four days of inspection.
During the term we were invited by the Girl Guides of Visakha Vidyalaya for their campfire.
All in all, Term 1 was a very active one for the Thomian Scouts.
As usual the 2nd term too proved to be a hectic term for the Thomian Scouts. On the 23rd of May the Thomian Scouts organized Cooks’ Day which was named “Cook-It-Out II”. The girl guides of Visakha Vidyalaya, Ladies’ College and St. Bridget’s Convent participated in this activity.
In the evening of the same day we screened “Titanic” – the award winning film in the College Hall and everyone present enjoyed the show.
Mr. Neville de Alwis who was our Warden for over 15 years and who had done so much for us retired on the 30th of June, and as a mark of appreciation we held a felicitation dinner on the 23rd of June. We also took this opportunity to present to him some tokens of appreciation and among them was a statue which was carved by our scouts.
The annual Royal Thomian Scout Cricket match was held on the 7th of July at the Small Club Grounds. Unfortunately the Royalists proved to be better by winning both matches.
During the term we were invited for the campfires of Musaeus College, Royal College and St. Joseph’s College and our scouts participated.
One of our senior scouts, D.T.T. Abeyesekera was chosen as a member of the official Sri Lankan contingent to represent the country in the 12th Nippon Jamboree held on the 3rd to the 8th August in Moriyeshi, Japan. We wish him the best of luck.
The third term was a rather hectic term for the scouts of 16th Colombo. After camping five whole days at Guruthalawa S.T.C. the scouts had to come to school and get on to work at once as the Job week was around the corner. This year we collected over Rs. 110,000 and thereby came second in the whole of Colombo District.
The scouts also participated in the Colombo District Rally which was held at the Vihara Maha Devi Park. Here we were awarded the C.P. Jayawardena Memorial Shield and the Gulam Hussein Flag for producing the most number of President’s Scouts during the year.
We also took part in the Jamborees on The Air (JOTA) and Internet (JOTI) which helped us make new bonds with other scouts around the world.
The main project for 3rd term was “Sandstorm”, a joint venture done by us and the girl guides of Musaeus College, Col.07. This was the first time ever that scouts and guides undertook such a tedious task together. However the two day program proved to be a huge success in the end.
During the term we were invited by the Josephian Scouts for their carol service. During the vacation, we had the Troop Night which was yet another night full of fun activities.
The juniors also had Patrol Camps at the Scout Room. The seniors however wanted more adventure in their lives so they went on a cycle hike to Randiyebay Estate in Horana.
During the term two of our senior scouts, M.N.R. Peiris & D.T.T. Abeysekara finished all necessary requirements for the President’s Award. We congratulate them on their achievement. One of the other senior scouts S.S. De Alwis was chosen as a member of the official Sri Lankan Contingent to the 19th World Scout Jamboree held in Chile. We wish him all the best.
Finally we would like to thank our Master-in-Charge and Group Scout Leader Mr. D. Edirisinghe, our scout leader Mr. J.P. Dharmasena, all our A.S.L.’s and all those who had the courage to make a difference for the betterment of “The Tribe of the Evening Star”.