World Scouting’s largest National Scout Organisation, Gerakan Pramuka (Indonesian Scout Movement) celebrated its National Scout Day this year with a vibrant week-long celebration involving millions of young people in events and service projects.
Pramuka Day is celebrated annually every 14 August with celebrations taking place throughout Indonesia from 14 to 22 August. This year, Pramuka Day marked the 58th anniversary since the founding of Gerakan Pramuka.
Throughout the week-long celebration, Scouts from some 34 provinces organised a series of beach clean-up drives as part of the “Clean the Seashores” commitment by Indonesian Scouts to make Indonesia cleaner and pollution free. A nationwide campaign to minimise the use of single-use plastics was launched and blood donation drives were also conducted by thousands of Scouts and Scout groups in partnership with local government.
In Indonesia’s capital, Jakarta, the country’s president, Joko Widodo was presented with “Tunas Kencana”, the highest distinction conferred by Gerakan Pramuka. Widodo joins the roster of a select few who have received the award, including a number of Indonesian presidents, former Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi and the His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden, Honorary Chairman of the World Scout Foundation.
Simultaneous Scout camps took place in major locations and thousands of Scouts were awarded with the highly coveted Pramuka Garuda medal, the highest Scouting award.
Meanwhile in the West Java Province, over 50,000 Scouts gathered at the Pakansari Stadium in Bogor area on 22 August for the culmination of Pramuka Day, making it the largest-ever gathering of Scouts to celebrate the National Scout Organisation’s founding anniversary. At that same gathering, 17,000 Scouts performed for the traditional ‘Scout Stick Parade’ and parachutists flew the Indonesian flag, Gerakan Pramuka flag and the flag of the World Organisation of the Scout Movement.
Text kindly adapted from scout.org report by Berthold Sinaulan, APR Communications and Partnerships Sub-Committee
Photos (c) Gerakan Pramuka NHQ and Indonesia Scout Journalist