Troop 100 Scouts Visit Lesotho, Africa (August 2011)
KING ENCOURAGES CHILDREN TO JOIN SCOUT MOVEMENT
Maseru Aug.10 (LENA---King Letsie III has encouraged parents to motivate their children to join the Scout Movement in order to gain skills that will make them responsible citizens of the country.
The King who is the Patron of the Lesotho Scouts Association said this in his welcome address to the Boy Scouts from Washington D.C in the United States (U.S) who are visiting their colleagues in Lesotho since last Sunday.
He was addressing them at the camp site at St.Michael in the Maseru district on Wednesday.
The King highlighted that the Boy Scouts visit is the beginning of a long and fruitful relationship between members of the scout movement in Lesotho and U.S.
He added that it is also a gesture of solidarity and friendship, expressing hope that they will continue to visit each other to exchange ideas and strengthen the bonds of friendship for mutual benefit.
He applauded them for the work they have already done since they arrived in the country which included building of a well for the community to have clean drinking water.
He also commended members of the Lesotho Boy Scout Association for partaking in developmental activities aimed towards improving the communities that they live in.
'I know and highly appreciate the role you play in development activities of your communities,'he said.
Sharing the same sentiments the American Ambassador to Lesotho Mrs. Michele Bond said in every country where the Scout Movement exist, members are trained to become people with integrity who are committed to take the responsibility to develop their communities voluntarily.
She also encouraged young people to join the Boys Scouts or the Girl Guides associations in order to acquire leadership and discipline skills.
Speaking at the same occasion, the Assistant Scout Master, Mike kirk Patrick thanked Basotho for a hospitable reception they provided to the Boy Scouts from Washington.
He said they have learnt a lot from Basotho and would appreciate to host their colleagues from Lesotho.
The Boy Scouts from Washington, seven in all and their three leaders will also visit Malealea while in the country.
They are expected to jointly build a traditional Basotho rondavel which the King performed a sod turning ceremony to mark the beginning of its construction.