The King visits the Gerakan Pramuka National Camping Site. Photo: Yoshi Shimizu
From Monday 30 January to Thursday 2 February, The King visited Indonesia in his capacity as Honorary Chairman of the World Scout Foundation.
With more than 20 million Scouts, Indonesia has the world's largest Scout association. The Scout Movement was founded here in 1912, and is currently celebrating its centenary. The aim of The King's visit to Indonesia was to find out about Scouting in Indonesia, and to promote the Messengers for Peace programme, which was launched in 2011. During his first day in Indonesia, The King visited the Gerakan Pramuka National Camping Site where he met many Scouts. Gerakan Pramuka is the name of the Indonesian Scout Movement. The King then met the President of Indonesia, H.E. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, for talks. The King also received the highest honour of the Indonesian Scout Movement, the Lencana Tunas Kencana, for his efforts in connection with Scouting.
About Messengers of Peace
Messengers of Peace was launched in autumn 2011 as a way of linking together all the social projects carried out by Scout associations around the world. This could involve projects relating to the environment, society or education. Messengers of Peace also works to create closer contact between Scouts worldwide through social media. When the programme was launched, the Indonesian Scout Movement promised to have two million Scouts involved in the programme within 12 months.