HIS voice quivered with emotion as Ratu Josefa Iloilo relived memories of his young days as a scout.
As he was traditionally farewelled as Fiji's chief scout yesterday, the retired president pledged his continued support and encouraged the 5000-plus scouts around the country to keep the scout spirit strong.
Ratu Josefa, who was appointed to top scout in 2003, said being a scout gave him the chance to strengthen his leadership skills.
"I once headed the scouts from Savusavu where I was the roko. We were part of the Fiji delegation that headed for the world scouts jamboree in Auckland, New Zealand. Historically speaking, I was very proud that day that I had the opportunity to take on leadership duty at that level," he said.
Fiji Scout Association chief commissioner Jone Naisau thanked Ratu Josefa for his services and said they were honoured and inspired to have worked with him.
"We were taken by surprise when Ratu Iloilo retired because in the scout rule book, that meant he was also relieved of his role as chief scout."