Pakistan Boy Scout Association arranged 9th All Punjab Desert Hike for Rovers, Scouts Leaders from 9th to 15th January 2017. Pakistan Boy Scout Association is a voluntary, educational, non governmental organization open to all without the distinction of origin, race and creed in accordance with the purpose, principles and method conceived by the founder of Scout movement.
Desert Hike is an adventurous tour and it gives chance to know one’s abilities and utilize those abilities to survive in any tough environment. when you face all tough situations you get to know how blessed you are. You find out the importance of Water and all things that we have with us.
Desert Hike, To Study the Nature
40 Rovers were divided in 5 teams called Petrol named after great Muslim leaders. Name of the Petrol were Jinah Petrol, Iqbal Petrol, Tipu Petrol, Tariq Bin Zayad Petrol and Muhammad Bin Qasim Petrol. they loaded there luggage and all the needed equipment to the local transport named Taralli which was not less than a Daewoo for them. For different days duties were assigned to different Petrol. All the scouts and rovers worked together, helped each other and share their things with each other. Rovers were lucky to have well diversify group having every kind of person in the group.
Desert Rover Hike for scouts and leaders started from 9th January and all the scouts covered 115 km distance while hiking. In this course scouts visited different places and stayed at different locations depending on the availability of water. First destination was Ghanwerywala and from their Rovers visited Alhabib Airport which is also known as Chandna Airport. After that there was a visit to Toba Chachra and form there they went on to Nawakot to stay over there. Next day journey started and they visited many historical places and enjoyed the nature.
Next day they stayed at Kheer Sar which was a great place and there were many wells for water. Rovers also witnessed locals digging well over there. Their next destination was Bhundri where they stayed at night and again next day Rovers started hiking and had to cover lots of distance and managed to reach Mamowali to stay there at night. Last day of the hiking arrived and scouts reached at kuwantywali and there they enjoyed the camp fire night and local folk music, they butchered an animal and cooked delicious food and entertained some guests as well. Some students also got a chance to dance on the local folk music beat.
Last day scouts started their journey and reached back to darawar Fort and closing ceremony was organized there. Guests arrived there and appreciated the efforts of scout leader and all the rovers. Shields were presented to everyone for surviving in difficult situations and presenting a tough character. it was a wonderful adventurous tour which gave chance to explore the nature and beauty of desert.
Scouting can play a very vital role in forming the character of our youth, promoting their physical, mental and spiritual development and making them well disciplined, useful and good citizens. We are living in a far from perfect world. Despite the progress of civilization, the law of jungle, unfortunately, still prevails. Might is considered right and the strong do not refrain from exploiting the weak. Self advancement, greed and lust for power sway the conduct of individuals, as that of nations.
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