The project by the National Scouts Movement to plant 100,000 trees was inaugurated today (22) under the patronage of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the President’s House premises in Colombo. The project has been designed to mark the 164th Birth Anniversary of Lord Baden Powell, the founder of the Scouts Movement.Chief Commissioner of Sri Lanka Scout Association Major Gen. Milinda Peiris welcomed President Rajapaksa by adorning him with the scarf.The official inauguration took place with the planting of a red sandalwood sapling by President Rajapaksa. Later the plant was registered via mobile phone.More than 70,000 scouts across the country are expected to participate and achieve the target of 100,000 by planting two plants by each in their home garden. Every tree thus planted will have to be registered in the ‘Thuru’ Mobile application under Sri Lanka Scout Association. Continuous assessment will be done to ensure that plants are well looked after.

Members of the Sri Lanka Scout Association participated on this occasion.

Photography By: Sagara Lakmal de Mel & Shamika Wakwella (President’s Media Division)

164th Birth Anniversary of the Founder of Scout Movement and Tree planting in connection with the 100,000 Tree planting project of the Sri Lanka Scout Association took place at the Sir John Kotelawala Defence University Hospital premises along with International Mother Language Day Blood Donation Campaign hosted by the Homagama District Scout Association. His Excellency Thariq Rafiqul Islam High Commissioner for Bangladesh was the Chief Guest received by Major General Milinda Peiris Chief Commissioner and Vice Chancellor of the Kotelawala Defence University. Dr. Anil Perera Homagama District Commissioner delivered the welcome Address. Deputy Chief Commissioner Mr. Janaprith Fernando and Chief Commissioner Major General Peiris gave details of the Mother Language Day and the Tree Planting Project in their addresses. HE High Commissioner for Bangladesh addressed the gathering and appreciated the work done by Sri Lanka Scout Association. Rover Scouts of the Kotelawala Defence University also participated. A special feature of the event was His Excellency the High Commissioner also joined in donating blood.

President and Members of the Guild offered floral tributes at the Scout statue alongside the Vihara Maha Devi Park in Colombo today (22-2-2021). Chief Commissioner Major Gen. Milinda Peiris, President of Sri Lanka Scout Council Mr. Merrille Goonetilleke, Deputy Chief Commissioner Mr. Janaprith Fernando and Chairman of Committee of Council Mr. Kapila Kalyana Perera and other Commissioners were among the distinguished invitees.

District Commissioners are organizing District level events to celebrate the Founder’s Day with Tree Planting and various other celebration events.

75,000 scouts comprising Singithi Scouts, Cub Scouts, Junior Scouts, Senior Scouts and Rover Scouts are expected to participate and achieve the target of 100,000.

Every Tree planted will have to be uploaded to the ‘Thuru Mobile application under Sri Lanka Scout Association.  Continuous assessment will be done to ensure the plants are looked after.  An e-certificate will be issued during Earth Hour celebrations which falls on 29th March to all scouts who plant trees.

Best performing Districts will be evaluated during Stevens Day in June 2021. Scouts who have looked after their plants for one year will be issued with a certificate during BP Day Celebrations in 2022.