How Can Scouts Promote Sustainable Tourism?


  • 1.      The Centenary Jamboree 2015

    In 2015, Uganda Scouts Association will be celebrating 100years of Scouting in Uganda. The Association as a climax of the celebrations will hold a Centenary Jamboree that will be attended by over 20,000 Scouts from 160 countries that are members of the World Organization of Scouts Movement. This Centenary Jamboree is a unique two-weeks event where the 20,000+ participants will spend one week camping together at Kaazi interacting and living together with others from different cultures and in the second week they will be hosted in several homes across Uganda under the home hospitality programme for two days and for the remaining five days each participant is expected to visit at least 1 tourist attraction site as part of the Jamboree programme. The home hospitality programme will contribute to the growth of cultural tourism. Also most of the participants will be accompanied by family members and spouses and visiting only one tourist attraction site as part of the programme could lead to further interest to visit other sites in the future. The revenue potential from having over 20,000 international Scouts is enormous and it is therefore important that the Government supports Uganda Scouts Association to promote the Centenary Jamboree 2015 and Uganda as a destination Scouts must visit.

     

    The support required includes but is not limited to:

     

    • Launching of the Centenary Jamboree 2015 Road Map and "Welcome, Uganda is Prepared for You" by His Excellency President YK. Museveni who is also the Patron Uganda Scouts Association. A high level launch will attract global media attention (an added advantage) and we shall also be able post the launch online to the World Scout Website (www.scouts.org) that is visited by millions of Scouts every day as well as other Scout web sites around the world. This launch could be done at the beginning of July 2012, so that we can carry the Welcome to Uganda message and promotional materials to the Jamboree Denmark that will be attended by over 35,000 Scouts from 160 countries, another opportunity to promote Tourism in Uganda.

     

    • Providing Scouts with promotional materials to promote the Centenary Jamboree and Uganda i.e. videos, gift items, brochures, flyers, flags, wrist bands, t-shirts e.t.c. Some materials will also be mailed to several offices of the National Scout Organizations in the due process.

     

    • Facilitating a 25-member high level delegation including Promoting Sustainable Tourism Committee members and Scouts to participate in international Scout events to promote Uganda and the Centenary Jamboree thereby attracting many participants to Uganda before, during and after the Centenary Jamboree in 2015. These events include:

     

    • Jamboree Denmark 2012, Denmark (21st - 29th July 2012) attended by 35,000 Scouts from 160 countries;

     

    • 14th World Scout Rover Moot 2013, Canada (August 2013) attended by 5,000 Scouts aged 18 and above from 160 countries;
    • 30th World Scout Conference and 12th World Scout Youth Forum 2014, Slovenia (August 2014) attended by 5,000 leaders and of all 216 National Scout Organization. The World Scout Conference is the General Assembly of the World Organization of the Scout Movement.

     

     

    2.      Tourism Ambassadors:

    Every year over 100 Scouts from Uganda travel to participate in international Scout camps and conferences. These Scouts travelling as well as other Scouts countrywide should be trained before they travel to become aware and appreciate several tourist attractions in Uganda. The trainings will not only give tourism knowledge to the participants but also give them tourism-related skills that can be useful in future. Collaborating with Uganda Scouts Association will help the Scouts to improve their skills on "tourism promotion" thereby attracting trained before they travel to become aware and appreciate several tourist attractions in Uganda. The trainings will not only give tourism knowledge to the participants but also give them tourism-related skills that can be useful in future. Collaborating with Uganda Scouts Association will help the Scouts to improve their skills on "tourism promotion" thereby attracting many of the 30million Scouts worldwide to come to Uganda as well as spread tourism awareness across the country making Scouts to become "Tourism Ambassadors". Indonesia through the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy is running a similar programme covering over 21 million Scout members in their country.  

    3.       Scout Centres of Excellence for Nature and Environment (SCENES):

    Environment Conservation has been central to the Scout Movement since its inception; Scouts mainly undertake outdoor activities and are therefore exposed to nature. This exposure and interaction with nature has sensitized Scouts on the need to conserve and care for the environment. This is further reflected in Scout Law Number 6 which states that: "A Scout Conserves Nature". Scout campsites are encouraged to support environment education and demonstrate good environment management through SCENES.

    In several countries including Kenya, Angola, South Africa, Singapore, Japan, and Thailand, Camping sites managed by the Scout Associations on a concession basis have been established in the National Parks as Scout Centres of Excellence in Nature and Environment. These camping sites are visited by the millions of Scouts worldwide who while paying a discounted fee as an incentive would gladly visit the National Parks while camping in these sites as it is a more convenient way of donating funds to the Scout Association while getting additional value for money.

    The Scout Centres provide natural settings, offer tourism-related education programmes and demonstrate good environmental management practices. These Centres will promote local tourism, improve the relations between the Communities and animals as Scout units established within the communities surrounding the national parks shall be used for community mobilization. It is worth noting that the Scout Law point 5 states that a Scout is a friend to every animal which makes it the duty of Scouts to conserve.

    By allocating Uganda Scouts Association space to set-up camping sites and Scout centres in the National Parks will support sustainable tourism because since every year many Scout groups and former Scouts visit Uganda and as Scouts or former Scouts they would easily love to camp at a Scout site in the National Park, the Scout way instead of staying the lodges and built environment in the Parks. These camping sites will also be an added attraction to the over 20,000 participants who will be coming to attend the International Centenary Jamboree 2015 when Uganda Scouts Association will be celebrating 100years of Scouting in Uganda.

    We strongly believe that allocating Uganda Scouts Association these camping sites will lead to the increase in the number of tourists especially Scouts, their families and former Scouts visiting these National Parks. We feel the 'Once a Scout, forever a Scout factor' will lead to a massive influx to the Scouts Camping Sites in the National Parks.

    Also worth noting is that all Scout Centres of Excellence in Nature and Environment worldwide are promoted on the website and information materials by the World Scout Bureau (www.scout.org) which are accessed by an estimated 500,000million Scouts and former Scouts.

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