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South Sudan to Host Regional Scouts Inter-Patrol Competitions

According to Patrick Bamukunda Batukura, the Assistant Chief Commissioner in charge of Training at the Uganda Scouts Association –USA, the winning teams will be taken through training to ensure they win at regional level as well.
Students from Rukungiri join in celebrations at Kaazi Scouts Camping grounds after they were declared winners

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Stakes are high among Ugandan scouts preparing to participate at the 2019 edition of the East Africa Scouts Inter-Patrol Competitions that will be held in South Sudan.  

This is because Uganda unlike other countries in the region was blocked from participating by the Burundian government due to bi-lateral conflicts. The East African Zonal Scout competitions were at Gitega, the capital of Burundi in December last year.

Uganda will be represented by three schools that emerged winners in the 2019 National scouting competitions that ended at Kaazi camping grounds in Busabala in Wakiso district on Thursday.  

They are St Gerald’s Secondary School Nyakibaale which became the overall winner in the secondary school category; followed by Rukungiri Primary Teachers College boys and Kyaruhotora Primary School from Rukungiri were the overall best performing primary school while St. Catherine Secondary School Lira district was the best performing school in the secondary juniors.  

St. Geralds SS are now two-time winners of the national scouts’ competition. The students attributed their winning to cooperation and team work as well as discipline. 

  Vox Pops Students of St. Geralds SS Rukungiri  

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At the regional competition slated between December 13 and 20th, 2019 participants will showcase their skills and competencies. Scouts will be assessed on different elements of Youth Programmes, topical issues and engage in activities that build their capacities and knowledge on issues such as Sustainable Development Goals.      

Stephen Butumbwiire, the Deputy Chief Commissioner Uganda Scouts Association –USA, says this year’s national competition attracted more than 4,200 participants from several districts across the country and several representatives from across the globe.  

There are fears however that the competition might be taken to Kenya for fear of the security situation in South Sudan.  Enoth Akankwatsa Kayanda, the scout leader of Rukungiri’s St. Geralds SS, said in an interview with URN that they are ready to perform even better at the regional competition slated for December in South Sudan.  

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He says they have managed to win because of vigorous training and determination.

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According to Patrick Bamukunda Batukura, the Assistant Chief Commissioner in charge of Training at the Uganda Scouts Association –USA, the winning teams will be taken through training to ensure they win at regional level as well.  

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Uganda is scheduled to host the African Scout jamboree in 2020 at Kaazi.  

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