President Johnson Sirleaf Issues Proclamation on Scout Week
MONROVIA, WED, MAY 23, 2012: The President of the Republic of Liberia, Her Excellency Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has issued a Proclamation declaring Sunday, May 20 through Saturday, May 26, as Scout Week to me observed as a Working Holiday throughout the country.
The Proclamation calls upon the Ministry Of Youth And Sports, Ministry of Education, Local Government and community leaders, citizens and foreign residents as well as scout movements to join the Liberia Scout Association in organizing appropriate programs that will highlight the spirit and mission of the scout movement throughout Liberia.
The Proclamation also adds that the Liberia Scout Association will be observing its 89th Anniversary Scout Week Celebration, beginning Sunday, May 20 to Saturday May 26, under the theme: Loyalty and Trustworthiness to the State.
A Foreign Ministry release further maintains that the sprit of voluntarism which the scout movement is well noted for has now gripped the Liberian society, thereby calling upon all scouts to renew this voluntarism by engaging in the national programs and projects geared towards empowering the young people, regarding the promotion of good governance and patriotism.
According to the Proclamation, the training of boys and girls, young people and adults for leadership and good citizenship in the church, mosque, school, community and the state is of primary importance to the development of the Republic.
The Liberian Legislature on January 26, 1923 passed an act granting a charter which established the Liberian National Scout Movement in Liberia, under its universal oath to which every Liberian scout member subscribes to in quotation as follows: “On my honor I will do my best ,to do my duty to God and to my country ,and to obey the scout law; to help others at all time ,to keep myself strong, mentally awake , and morally straight”
Since its founding in 1907 by Lord Beden Powel, the universal mission of scout movement continues to call for the molding of good citizenship, character building, and educational program for boys, girls, and young adults.