SCOUTS from schools in the Suva area brought an end to their patrol leaders' training at the weekend with Scouts leaving, ready to take up leadership roles in their respective patrols next year.
The training, made possible by a Ministry of Youth and Sports grant, saw five schools and 32 assistant patrol leader Scouts converge at Veiuto Primary School to learn the finer details of patrol leadership.
Fiji Scouts national headquarters commissioner Rusiate Tora said the assistant patrol leaders would take the reins of leadership once their patrol leaders in Class Eight moved on to high school.
He said the overnight camp was held in the hope that it would influence the attending scouts to not only take over leadership of their patrols, but also become leaders of the nation in the future.
"Very, very importantly we are training the Scouts individually for their future, there's a saying in scouting— "Scouting is Education for Life" so through scouting we train them for life," Mr Tora said.
"Whether they excel in their education or not, they will have responsibilities in their life that come through scouting," he said.
"Scouting is a way of moulding our future leaders and it is also a way of combating crime —with parents getting their children into the association they can come in and learn about values," Mr Tora said.
"Our values are very important and we also offer a lot more.
"What they view on the internet and the games they play in internet shops doesn't give them the values that will mould the character of a child.
"They will also learn to become self-reliant," he said.
The Fiji Scouts Association has registered more than 8000 scouts in Fiji with around 300 teacher leaders in October.