BUKIT MERTAJAM: The state government will help the Penang Scouts Association find a campsite to replace its Coronation Camp in Waterfall Road that was closed in 2006.
State Health, Welfare, Caring Society and Environment Committee chairman Phee Boon Poh said the camp, which used to be the main venue for scouting activities, including annual jamborees, was acquired to make way for the Penang Botanical Gardens’ expansion project.
“The state is fully aware of the need for a proper campsite for the scouts to conduct their activities.
“We want our youths to obtain the necessary exposure through the scouts movement, which provides vital survival skills in training, first-aid as well as good values and discipline,” he said after opening the Penang Scouts Environ-ment Protection programme at the MPSP branch office in Jalan Betek here yesterday.
Phee said a suitable site was needed for the campsite so that the scouts could have the natural surroundings to conduct outdoor activities.
Penang state scouts commissioner Zulkafli Kamaruddin said Penang was the only state that did not have a scouts’ campsite.
“We have not organised a jamboree in more than 10 years because we do not have a proper venue. We hope the state government will seriously help us find an alternative campsite,” he said.
Apart from a blood donation campaign and an environment talk, the programme also included mudball-making and enzyme-making activities.