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Jakarta Post

Scouts movement invites students and families to join in social volunteering

  • Masajeng Rahmiasri

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, May 23, 2016   /  01:34 pm
Scouts movement invites students and families to join in social volunteering Indonesian scouts holding their Mickey Mouse dolls. (JP/Masajeng Rahmiasri)

A social volunteering program named "Time Please!" is set to be held by Gerakan Pramuka (Indonesian Scouts Movement) in collaboration with The Walt Disney Company.

The program is scheduled to be conducted for 3 months in Jakarta, Bandung, Medan, Surabaya and Semarang starting from Aug. 14 at the Gerakan Pramuka National Jamboree. It will run until National Heroes Day on Nov. 10.

In the program, participating elementary school scouts will be asked to spend time with their families doing social service activities. There is no limit to their choice of social service activities and they can do as much as they want, and make it as creative as possible.

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The duration of the students' social work will be monitored on a website and the participant that clocks up the most hours will be the winner. The amount of hours will be accumulated per member of the family, so if a four-member family did one hour of work together, it would count as four hours of work, instead of just one.

Indonesian scouts leader Adhyaksa Dault said on Friday, "We cannot run away from globalization and this is one way to face it; by building the character of our younger generation. We are trying to teach children not to be individualistic."

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The movement's head of planning, development and cooperation, Arie Rukmantara, described the program as the scouts' way of making scouts activities and values more popular.

"We are trying to incorporate the good "old-fashioned" values mentioned in Dasa Dharma into a more popular package, so that they will not lose out to popular alternatives," he said, referring to social media usage trends among young children. He added, "The values of the scouts are still relevant, but to get people to become real scouts is still challenging."

"We need to get schools to believe that scouts are indeed important and we need to convince parents that outdoor activities and life skills are important, even if their children want to become CEOs," he said.

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Meanwhile, an executive director at The Walt Disney Company, Seshaye Kanthamraju, stated, "This is our way of giving back to the society in which we live. We think that Gerakan Pramuka has the biggest membership in Indonesia, so there is no better partner to run this social program than it."

Online registration for "Time Please!" will open on Aug. 14. Prior to that, notices will be sent to schools that host scouts activities as well as potential schools that do not yet.

Should the program be successful, there are also plans to expand it to other cities. (kes)

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