In a speech during the awarding of new President’s Scouts, Sri Lanka Scout Association (SLSA) Chief Commissioner Janaprith Fernando announced that, for the first time in 110 years of Scouting in Sri Lanka, SLSA has surpassed 100,000 Scouts joining the Movement.

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Scouting in Sri Lanka existed since 1912 and became a member of the World Organization of the Scout Movement in 1953. The six-figure member is a milestone in the association’s history.

 

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Janaprith Fernando said that this feat will not be possible without the support and tireless efforts of SLSA leaders, adult volunteers, and parents who put their trust in the Movement. Moreover, SLSA gained the trust of the government with its Chief Scout, Sri Lanka President Ranil Wickramasinghe requesting the association to double its membership by 2024 through the support of the Ministries of Education and Youth Affairs.

 

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SLSA’s membership dropped to around 52,000 at the end of 2021 due to health measures and restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic, a trend that became evident in many National Scout Organisations. However, in just two years, SLSA became a champion of growth with its all-time high membership.

WOSM’s focus on its triennial plan is Recovery, Sustainability, and Impact. This growth is an exemplar of the Movement’s recovery not just in Sri Lanka but across the Region. Asia-Pacific Regional Chairman Dale Corvera and Regional Director JR Pangilinan expressed their congratulations to SLSA on their remarkable achievement.

Your NSO could be the next growth champion. Check out the WOSM Service Portal and click on Growth to see resources or request a service for support from our pool of talented WOSM Consultants.

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By Aaron Lopez, WSB Asia-Pacific Support Centre