Rover Scout Investiture Ceremony
The Investiture Ceremony of the 1st National Rover Scout Crew of KDU was successfully held on 08th of July 2021. Major General Milinda Peiris RWP RSP VSV USP ndc psc MPhil, the Chief Commissioner of Sri Lanka Scouts Association and the Vice Chancellor of General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University graced the occasion as the Chief Guest.
The participants were enlightened by the words of wisdom from Major General Milinda Peiris RWP RSP VSV USP ndc psc MPhil and Mr. Srilath De Silva, the Assistant Chief Commissioner of Sri Lanka Scouts Association.
After the inauguration ceremony the programme consisted of number of group discussions focused on developing the skills of the Rover.
The investiture of 48 Rover Squares of the 1st National Rover Scout Crew of KDU into Rover Scouts took place at 0000 hrs midnight. Representatives from of the Sri Lanka Scout Association and the Kandy District Scout Association were present on this remarkable occasion.
KDU Rover Scouts Participation for 14th World Scout Youth Forum
The World Scout Organization established in 1922 is the largest international scouting organization in the world which comprises of 172 members. The 14th annual world scout youth forum organized by the WSO will be held virtually from 18th to 22nd August 2021 bringing together national delegates from 171 countries. We are proud to announce the selection of the representatives of KDU for this international platform of youth leaders, SUO HGDRY Jayawardena and L/O/C KWSU Wijayarathne, officer cadets from 1st National Rover Scout Crew KDU were selected to represent Sri Lanka Scout Association in 14th World Scout Youth Forum.
The selection process was overseen by the Sri Lanka Scouts Association and a total of 6 participants were selected including 2 delegates and 4 observers. 4 participants from KDU Rover Scouts faced the interviews from which 2 highest mark achievers were selected to participate as observers in order to represent Sri Lanka Rover Scouts.
Environmental Day Tree Planting Ceremony
An Ehela tree-planting ceremony was launched, strictly observing stipulated health guidelines, at 1000hrs on 4th June 2021, in collaboration with the Faculty of Law and KDU Rovers Club along the Kandawala Road, Ratmalana under the direction of Vice-Chancellor of KDU Major General Milinda Peiris RWP RSP VSV USP ndc psc MPhill (Ind) PGDM and the Chief Commissioner of Sri Lanka Scout Association. The programme took place in line with the 'Vistas of Prosperity' manifesto of His Excellency the President, and expects to create a sustainable and a scenic environment in the vicinity of KDU.
Earth Hour Celebration
Earth hour has developed into one of the world’s major environmental grassroots campaigns. Earth hour is about more than simply turning off the lights. By leveraging the strength of the public and social action. It has been tool for positive environmental effects, to inspire substantial policy reforms. Every year on the last Sunday in March, millions of people in over 180 countries and territories participate in Earth Hour by turning off their lights to express respect for our world.
Commemorating the Earth Hour 2021, First ever national Rovers Scouts of General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University (KDU) organized an event for the first time in its history, on the 27th March 2021. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Earth Hour 2021 was the first ever virtual spotlight.
Switching off lights and lighting of lanterns and candles, the event started with a speech on, “Our Responsibility towards Global Warming” By the keynote speaker, Mr Supun Lahiru Prakash, president of biodiversity Conservation and research Circle. The responsibility of Scouts to save the planet was discussed via an open discussion
Major General MP Peiris RWS RWP RSP USP VSV ndc psc, the Vice Chancellor of KDU and the Chief Commissioner of the Sri Lanka Scout Association, Graced the event as the Chief Guest.
The following distinguished guests also attend this event: Mr Prabath Kularathna, Assistant Chief Commissioner in charge of Media public Relations and Better World Framework of Sri Lanka Scout Association; and Dr Asanka Eriyawa, headquarters Commissioner, Better world Framework of Sri Lanka Scout Association.
Tree Planting Programme of KDU Rover Scouts
"He who plants a tree, plants a hope"
With the direction of Major General MP Pieris RWP RSP VSV USP ndc psc MPhil (Ind) PGDM, the Vice Chancellor of General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University and the Chief Commissioner of Sri Lanka Scout Association, the Rover Scouts of General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University conducted a tree planting campaign on the university premises on 22 February 2021 under the guidance of Commodore JU Gunaseela, a president scout and the Dean of Faculty of Computing, and Captain VD Saluwadana, the Officer in Charge of KDU Rover Scouts in commemoration of the International Mother Language Day and Scout Founder's Day. This programme was affiliated with a nationwide programme of tree planting, and as the initial step, 100 plants were planted by 100 Rover Scouts of KDU. The event was successfully promoted by the mobile application, 'THURU'. The young rover scouts showed their enthusiasm in protecting the nature by actively taking part in this campaign.
Blood Donation Campaign
In collaboration with the High Commission of Bangladesh, a blood donation campaign was organized on 22nd February 2021 at the UHKDU by the Sri Lankan Scout Association under the guidance of Major General MP Peiris RWP RSP VSV USP ndc psc MPhil (Ind) PGDM, the Vice Chancellor of KDU and Chief Commissioner of Scout Association.
His Excellency AMB Tareq M Rafiqul Islam, the High Commissioner for Bangladesh in Sri Lanka graced the occasion as the Chief guest, and other distinguished invitees including the Vice Chancellor and the Staff of KDU participated in the event.
The Honourable Chief Guest also joined the campaign by donating blood. The personnel from the Sri Lanka Army, the Sri Lanka Navy and the Sri Lanka Air Force, rover scout cadets and other officer cadets at KDU and non-academic civil staff also donated blood in this campaign.
The entire blood donation campaign was held according to the rules, regulations and guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health. After the event, Major General MP Peiris RWP RSP VSV USP ndc psc MPhil (Ind) PGDM, the Vice Chancellor of KDU and Chief Commissioner of Scout Association planted a tree in the Osu Uyana at the UHKDU to mark this event.
Rover scouting is a program intended for young adults to guide them to become better citizens. Rovering as the direct continuation of scouting which finds first and foremost its application to the personal development and character growth of an individual. Further, it is vital for them to be interconnected with the world to lead a home life with real value and virtues as good citizens. Rovering provides great opportunities for adventure, exploration and service with full of satisfaction , and there are many opportunities to get socialized and meet new people.
The date of 12th February 2021 marks a significant day in KDU rover scouting history as a total of 103 officer cadets and day scholars were commissioned as rover scouts. This event was graced by the Vice Chancellor Major General Milinda Peiris RWP RSP VSV USP ndc psc MPhil(Ind) PGDM, also the Chief Commissioner of Sri Lanka Scout Association.
The endeavor will give the opportunity to KDU undergraduates to take part in National and International scout moots, youth forums and world jamborees as international representatives and develop their social and leadership skills. Furthermore, rover scouting will enable them to develop their personality, leadership skills and life long skills.
Even during the COVID 19 KDU rover scouts are engaging in many projects via zoom and social media
KDU Rover Scout – Blood Donation
National Rover Scouts of KDU organized their first official event for the calendar year under the guidance of the Vice Chancellor of KDU and The Chief Commissioner of Scout Association of Sri Lanka, Major General MP Peiris to aid the National Blood Bank during this time of need due to the depletion of blood bags, with the current COVID -19 pandemic situation.
The blood donation campaign was held successfully from 0900 hrs onwards at the UHKDU premises with the participation of the Cadets, dayscholars and blood donors from around the vicinity.
The entire blood donation campaign was held according to the rules and regulations and guide lines issued by the relevant medical authorities due to the prevailing COVID -19 pandemic and the support given by the UHKDU staff to uphold the standards of the blood donation campaign is highly appreciated. The KDU Rovers express their gratitude towards the participants for their support during this time of need.
As the first National Rover Scout Crew of Sri Lanka, the KDU rovers took the first step in a long journey of conducting more social activities for the betterment of the country.
If you like to donate blood please contact KDU Blood Bank UHKDU – Tel: 0112044555 Ext: 4440
Formation Of The First National Rover Crew Of The Sri Lanka Scout Association At KDU To Commemorate The Centenary Year Of Rover Scouting In Sri Lanka
August 27th 2020 was a special day for Sri Lankan Scout Association as well for General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University since the first National Rover Scout Crew of Sri Lanka was formed with the selected 100 Officer Cadets and Day Scholars of KDU including 24 President Scouts to commemorate the centenary year of the Sri Lanka Rover Scouting at the Inauguration Ceremony of National Rovers held at KDU.
The inauguration ceremony was graced by Major General Milinda Peiris RWP RSP VSV USP ndc psc MPhil(Ind) PGDM, the Chief Commissioner of Sri Lanka Scout Association and the Vice Chancellor of KDU as the Chief Guest. Further, the Staff members of KDU and the distinguished appointment holders of the Sri Lanka Scout Association were among the invitees. The event was held at the scenic KDU Poolside where over hundred and twenty under graduates witnessed the event.
Rover scouting is a programme intended for adult men and women to guide them to become better citizens. The history of Sri Lanka Rover Scouting dates back to 1920, and this year Rover Scouting of Sri Lanka celebrates its centenary. Rovering as the direct continuation of Scouting finds first and foremost its application to the personal development and character growth of youngsters. Further, it is vital for them to be interconnected with the world to lead a home life with real value and virtues as good citizens. Rovering provides great opportunities for adventure, exploration and service with full of satisfaction, and there are many opportunities to get socialized and meet new people.
This endeavour will give the opportunity for KDU undergraduates to take part in national and international Scouts Moots, youth forums and World Jamborees as international representatives and develop their social and leadership skills.