Rover World Moot: 2010 Report

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Kenya: 13th World Scout Moot

27th July to 7th August

The Moot was held at four venues:

  • Rowallan Camp which is situated in Nairobi city about 20 minutes drive from the Central Business District was the main venue, and there were three expedition centres or "Bomas":
  • Kaiyaba Scouts Centre is located near Nyeri town about 150 kilometers north of Nairobi. The campsite is one of the newest and most beautiful campsites in Kenya. Nyeri is the burial place of Lord Robert Baden-Powell, the Founder of the Scout Movement.
  • Embu, this Boma was located at the Agricultural Society of Kenya showground, which is some five kilometers from Embu town. The showground is part of Njukiri forest, ideal for Scout camping.
  • Machakos Scout Camp is situated on a 10 acre piece of land about 2 kilometres outside Machakos town and 64 kilometers from Nairobi.

All three expedition centres were located within a 150km radius of Nairobi.

The concept of having more than one site for the Moot was good and it enriched the programme. This concept was also highly advantageous from a logistical point of view as the three bomas operated in an autonomous manner both while at their expedition centres and during the main camp at Rowallan. Each Unit of 50 participants plus two Unit Leaders was allocated a camping area of approximately 500m2.

The South African Contingent of 10 participants returned home after the memorable closing of this historical Scouting event - the first World Rover gathering to be staged on the African continent.

Commissioner Debe Letsoge leader of the Contingent reports that he was accompanied by Commissioners John Ikgopoleng, Pablo Mogotsi, Aubrey Moreki and Thabiso Majola.

The Rovers with them were Lehika Siditi, Gabaatlhole Ntebang, both from Vryburg; Mbuti Ndzimakulu from Potchefstroom; Gabanakgosi Moalosi and Itebeng Makapan from Mahikeng.

After the official opening ceremony presided over by the Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki, the 1600 Scouts from 66 countries headed to the Expedition Centres, Machakos, Kaiyaba and Embu; for four days of excursions, safaris and community services, All activities were conducted in line with the theme of the event "ULTIMATE DISCOVERY"

On the 1st August the Scouts returned to Rowallan Camp in Nairobi to participate in the Global Development Village programme. Discussions were encouraged on issues affecting them - Climate Change - HIV/Aids - Peace and others. While there they experienced other cultures, made International friendships. Learned dancing, drumming and making beads.

The Closing Ceremony was on the 6 August 2010 at 16:00 The ChiefGuest was His Excellency Hon KalonzoMusyoka, the Vice President of Kenya and also the Chief Commissioner of KSA. He was accompanied by several top government officials including Hon. Wavinya Ndeti,Assistant Minister Youth and Sports.

The Closing Ceremony was a less formal affair with plenty of dancing and involvement by participants. The ceremony concluded with the official handover of the WOSM flag to Canada as hosts of the 14th World Scout Moot in 2013.

Commissioner Letsoge thanks all at SAHQ and those who sponsored the trip for making it possible for them to experience this Scouting growth opportunity.

Scout Heritage 2018

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