Scouting or the Scout Movement is a movement that aims to support young people in their physical, mental and spiritual development. Oxford Intentional School Scout Group is one of the most contributing and honored organizations of Oxford International School as it enables Scouts to participate in
training,workshop,camping and community services. It encourages development as worthy and valuable citizens with self-discipline and strength for both boys and girls.
The Oxford Intentional School Scout Group has brought great success since the last four years. Scout activities are performed both indoors and outdoors. At present,the largest Scout Group among all English Medium Schools is the Oxford International School Scout Group,which has more than one hundred students as active Scouts. At least three troop meetings are arranged for each batch ,where the Scout Leader trains each and every Scout and Rover Scout with significant non-profit contribution towards the Scout Organization.The weekly meeting is the glue that holds a Scout troop together. Well-planned meetings run by the troop’s Secretary and youth leaders are full of excitement and satisfaction. Meeting time devoted to learning new skills and organizing future campout, service projects, and other activities helps keeping interest levels and enthusiasm high. Patrols have opportunities at troop meetings to meet together, to learn as a team, and to share what they know. Whether they serve as the honor guard during an opening flag ceremony, as the presenters of a Scouting skill, or as the organizers of a game or activity, every patrol contributes to every troop meeting. A portion of a troop meeting is devoted to the demonstration and practice of skills that enhances Scouts’ ability to hike and camp, and to passes requirements for higher ranks. The Secretary of the Oxford International Scout Group guides troop’s youth leaders to take leading roles in planning, conducting, and assisting the success of troop meetings. Leadership is a skill that can be learned only by experience, and troop meetings serve as regular occasions for that to happen. Troop meetings offer ideal settings for patrols to take part in contests and competitions that test their expertise and their abilities to cooperate with one another.
A four-day long Adventure Camp was organized in Chittagong, Rangamati and Comilla districts in May 2011. The school’s Principal, 5 Scout Leaders attended the camp along with 50 Scouts and Rover Scouts. Another Adventure Camp was organised on a chilly December day of 2014 in Sylhet. Outdoors provides a unique learning experience cleverly disguised as fun and adventure. Scouts and Rover Scouts coordinate several days-worth of activities at sites across the council to provide ample opportunities to join the fun of activities such as acquainting, singing, dancing, drama, sight-seeing, Cleanliness Movement, Campfire,trekking and what not.
The Oxford International School Scout Group celebrated Baden Powell’s birthday on the 22nd February by conducting a Cleanliness Movement in Lalmatia Block-A Field. 20 Scouts and Rover Scouts took part in this social movement in the scorching sun and maintained a considerable standard of discipline. More than 50 students participated in the Cleanliness Movement,held in Chandrima Uddan on the 3rd of May,2015. The Cleanliness Movements arranged does not mean just to pick up rubbish and damp it in a sack,it is a pledge that every Scout takes and expects to continue this momentum of awareness further in future.
The Oxford International School Scout Group attended the 60th Anti-drug Campaign organized by the Prothom Alo on 23rd May at W.V.A Auditorium. Famous writer Anisul Haque and National Cricket player Tamim Iqbal was present in the Campaign. A total of 60 scouts attended the campaign and interrogated inquisitive questions to the guests. The Prothom Alo Community praised the Scouts for their participation. Scouts attended the ‘Meditation Training Program in 2015’ where the Scouts learned to achieve peace and prosperity through the art of meditation based on the ‘ Creative formula’ and were certified by the founder of ‘Creative Meditation’ for their participation. Oxford International School Scout Group visited the ‘Dhaka District Rover Moot 2014’. 60 Scouts and Rover Scouts participated in a training camp at Mouchak, Gazipur. One of the Scout has been to Sweden to attend the ‘Swedish International Scout Jamboree’ in July 2011.
On the 4th of July, Team Surge from Oxford International School conducted a seminar out of many in the PDF’s Summer Challenge. In this seminar they taught young children of SOS Children’s Village the basics of a computer. Volunteers from the Oxford International School Scout Group teach individuals some thorough information on the different topics. Team Surge has won the title of ‘Best of the Best’ team in this PDFSC’15! Scouts represented the school as Volunteers in the ‘Daily Star Awards 2014’ and in the ‘Daily Star Award 2015’ in which the entire venue was volunteered by Scouts and Rover Scouts. The Group arranged a Study Camp in 2014 and organized ‘Oxford Premier League’ in 2014. Scouts and Rover Scouts participated in making the ‘Annual Picnic 2014’ of Oxford International School a success by providing services at the event. Fun activities such as an Scout’s Iftaar was conducted by the high potential Batch 6000 as well.
Oxford International School Scout Group not only is preparing Scouts and Rovers so that they may play constructive roles in society, with a strong focus on the outdoors and survival skills, but also has contributed in helping the scouts to be devoted in both academic as well as extra-curricular activities.