Sri Lanka Scouting History
1912-1922 – F.G. Stevens the Founder of Ceylon Scouting, considered as the 1st Colonial Commissioner of Ceylon.
1913 – Scouting commenced at Dharmaraja College in Kandy.
1914 – F.G. Stevens formed the 1st Colombo Governor’s Own Troop at Christ Church, Galle Face, Colombo, and Mr. John Young became the Scouter and B.A.R. Pius as its Secretary
1914 – Started Scouting in the Southern Province by F.G. Stevens at Mahinda College in Galle.
1914 – Scouting was popularised by publishing a column in the “Ceylon Independence” newspaper by F.G. Stevens, and later printed “The Ceylon Scout” newspaper by him, supported by Rev. W.J.T. Small, Rev. C. Richard, C.T. Symons and S.J. Symons.
1914-1918 – Scouts offered their services during the First World War.
1915 – Scout Census was carried out, and total scouts and leaders increased to 248.
1917 – 1st All-Ceylon Rally at Havelock Race Course in Colombo.
1917 – The news bulletin for Scouts ‘The Outdoor Life’ was published.
1917-1919 – Dharmaraja College Scout Troop, Kandy, wins the ‘Kings Flag’ for 3 consecutive years, 1917, 1918 and 1919.
1918 – 2nd All-Ceylon Rally, Barracks, Kandy
1918 – Sea Scout Section started
1919 – 3rd All-Ceylon Rally, Kandy
1920 – Started Rover Scout Section by forming 15th Colombo, the first Rover Crew
1921 – Founder of Scouting and world’s Chief Scout Lord Baden Powell and his wife Olave St. Clare Soames visited Sri Lanka for the first-time.
1921 – 4th All-Ceylon Rally at Havelock Race Course, Colombo, graced by Lord & Lady Baden Powell.
1921 – Scouting started in Prisons.
1922-1925 – C. Brooke Elliot, the 2nd Colonial Commissioner of Ceylon.
1922 Mar 23 – 5th All-Ceylon Rally in Kandy.
1922 – Eastern tour of the Prince of Wales
1924 – 1st Wood Badge Course for leaders at Pedro Scout Training Center, Nuwara Eliya.
1924 – Awarded the First-ever Wood Badge to Mrs. T.K, Irvin and A. Wijesinghe who completed the training.
1924 – 6th All-Ceylon Rally in Colombo. Farewell Ceremony of the British Governor William Manning.
1925-1930 – Vernon Grenier becomes the 3rd Colonial Commissioner of Ceylon.
1930 – Scout Headquarters moved to an old guard room in Colombo.
1930-1942 – J.H. De Saram becomes the 4th Chief Commissioner and the first native Commissioner of Sri Lanka.
1931 – Formed De Saram Scout Colony in Kaluthara.
1932 – All-Ceylon Scout Craft Exhibition held at Katugastota, Kandy.
1934 – The 2nd visit of Lord & Lady Baden Powell to Sri Lanka. They were well received at the Colombo Harbour Jetty.
1942-1948 – K. Somasundaram becomes 5th Chief Commissioner of Sri Lanka.
1942 – 15 Acre land in Thawalampitiya, Mirigama was allocated for Scout Training by the government. Thanks to Mudliyer Lee Dassanayake then Assistant District Commissioner of Gampaha who mediated with the government.
1942 – Report of the Commission appointed to review scout activities during the 2nd World War was published.
1945 – The Scout Headquarters was opened at Galle Face, Colombo.
1945 – 1st National Rover Moot was held at St Anthony’s College, Kandy.
1945 – ‘The Founder Sri Lanka Scouting’ F.G. Stevens retires from services, and left Sri Lanka to his native country, United Kingdom.
1948-1954 – Col. C.P. Jayawardene becomes the 6th Chief Commissioner of Sri Lanka.
1948 – Chip a Job Week inaugurated.
1948 – Sinhala and Tamil edition of Scouting for Boys published.
1949 – 2nd national Rover Moot in Colombo
1950 – 3rd National Rover Moot in Galle
1951 – 4th National Rover Moot in Negombo
1952 – 1st National Scout Jamboree to commemorate 40 years of Scouting was held at Koombikele, Bullers Road, Colombo (near the premises of present BMICH, Colombo), with the participation of more than 5,000 scouts, including foriegn Scouts from India, Burma (now Myanmar), Malaya and Australia.
1952 – 5th National rover Moot in Anuradhapura
1953 Feb 22 – Sri Lanka accredited with international membership of World Scouting
The Boy Scouts Association Ceylon Branch was succeeded by the Ceylon Boy Scouts Association. The proclamation was made by the Director of World Scout Bureau Colonel J.H. Wilson who arrived in the island to grace the occasion. Mr. Wilson announced this historical proclamation at a grand ceremony held at Bussa in Galle where the Founder’s day Commemoration Coroboree was held.
1953 – 6th National Rover Moot in Gampaha
1954-1967 – E. W. Kannangara becomes the 7th Chief Commissioner of Sri Lanka.
1954 – 7th National Rover Moot in Jaffna
1955 – 8th National Rover Moot in Kandy
1956 – 9th National Rover Moot in Badulla
1957 – Gerald Victor Fernando was appointed as Field Commissioner for the Far East (presently Asia-Pacific Region) by the World Bureau of Scouting. He served in this position until his death in 1961.
1957 – 10th National Rover Moot in Colombo
1957 – Sri Lankan Scouts participated in the Jubilee Jamboree in England.
1957 Mar 27 – Ceylon Boy Scouts Council (Incorporation) Act No 13 was passed by the parliament legalizing ‘Ceylon Boy Scout Association’.
1958 April 17 – Lady Olave Baden Powell visited again Sri Lanka whilst on an official tour in the region, and visited Colombo and Jaffna to review Scout and Girl Guide programs.
1958 – 11th National Rover Moot in Gampaha
1959 – 12th National Rover Moot in Ampara
1960 – 13th National Rover Moot in Matale
1961 – 14th National Rover Moot Kurunegala
1962 – The 2nd National Jamboree commemorating the ‘Golden Jubilee of Scouting in Sri Lanka’ was held at Havelock Race Course, Colombo. To commemorate this, the first-ever postal stamp was released by the postal department, Also a commemorative statue of a Scout was installed near Public Library at Victoria Park (presently Vihara Maha Devi Park) in Colombo.
1962 – The Scout news bulletin ‘The Outdoor Life’ was renamed as ‘Sri Lanka Scout’ and became the official newspaper of Sri Lanka Scout Association.
1962 – 15th National Rover Moot in Ratnapura
1963 – 16th National Rover Moot in Trincomalee
1964 – 17th National Rover Moot in Nuwara Eliya
1965 – Mr. Vincent Perera, the Mayor of Colombo renamed the “Lower Lake Road” where the National Scout Headquarters is located, as “Baladaksha Mawatha”
1965 – The first “Baladaksha Handa” Radio Program was broadcasted by Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation (Radio Ceylon) under the patronage of Headquarters Commissioner W.J. Dias Gunerathne.
1965 – 18th National Rover Moot, concurrently held with the 1st Asian International Rover Moot, at Peradeniya in Kandy, led by Mudliyar Lee Dassanayake, the Deputy Chief Commissioner.
1966 – The Golden Jubilee Celebrations of Cub Scouts in Sri Lanka and in the world was commemorated at Vihara Maha Devi Park, Colombo.
1966 – 19th National Rover Moot in Jaffna
1967-1972 – Fitzroy H. Gunesekera becomes 8th Chief Commissioner of Sri Lanka.
1967 – 20th National Rover Moot in Kegalle
1968 Oct 27 – Lady Olave Baden Powell who visited Sri Lanka again to review Girl Guide programs, met Scout officials for discussions, and stayed till 2nd November.
1968 – 21st National Rover Moot in Colombo
1969 – 22nd National Rover Moot in Panadura
1970 – 23rd National Rover Moot in Akkaraipattu
1971 – Brought amendments to the Parliamentary Act No 13 of Ceylon Scout Council.
1971 – 24th National Rover Moot in Kandy
1972-1977 – C.M.P. Wanigatunga becomes the 9th Chief Commissioner of Sri Lanka.
1972 – 25th National Silver Jubilee Rover Moot in Galle
1972 August 13-14 – A Grand Scout Rally was held at Bogammbara Grounds, Kandy, to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee (60 years) of Scouting in Sri Lanka.
1973 – Kingsley C. Dassanaike was awarded the “Bronze Wolf” by the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) for the exceptional services to world Scouting.
1975 Mar 14-16 – The 1st National Cuboree was held at St Aloysius College Grounds and at Galle Fort premises with a participation of more than 6,000 Cub Scouts.
1975 – 26th National Rover Moot in Kandy
1977-1982 – Hemapala Ratnasuriya becomes the 10th Chief Commissioner of Sri Lanka.
1978 – 27th National Rover Moot in Matale
1980 May 14 – The National Scout Headquarters was constructed and re-located at Sir Chittampalam A. Gardiner Mawatha (formally Parsons Road), Colombo 2, and was declared opened by His Excellency J.R. Jayawardena, the President and Chief Scout of Sri Lanka.
1982-1987 – Theodore Seneviratne becomes the 11th Chief Commissioner of Sri Lanka.
1982 – Special Commemorative Stamp in honour of the 125th Birth Anniversary of B.P. was released by the Postal Department.
1983 Feb26 – Mar4 – 3rd National Scout Jamboree held at Walisinghe Harischandra Grounds, Anuradhapura.
1984 Sep 21-23 – 2nd National Cuboree held at Royal College Grounds, Colombo.
1986 Nov 7-9 – 3rd National Cuboree held at Richmond College Grounds, Galle.
1987 – Scout Rally organized to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of Sri Lanka Scouting in Matale.
1987 – The 1st Indaba gathering of Cub Scout Leaders in Matale.
1987 – The ‘JIM’ Camp organized by the Scouts of Dharmaraja College, Kandy, in respect of the Centenary Year of the College.
1987-1990 – Rex Jayasinghe becomes 12th Chief Commissioner of Sri Lanka.
1990 Feb 14-20 – 1st SAARC Jamboree was held at Vihara Maha Devi Park, Colombo with the participation of 789 local Scouts, and foreign Scouts from India (268), Pakistan (138) Bangladesh (50) and Maldives (29).
1990-1994 – J. Lionel Silva becomes the 13th Chief Commissioner of Sri Lanka, as Rex Jayasinghe, Chief Commissioner died just before 1st SAARC Jamboree
1990 Sep 8 – Chief Commissioner J. Lionel Silva renames Mirigama Scout Training Centre as “Lee Dassanayake Scout Training Centre”.
1990 – “Sri Lanka Scout” official newspaper, after a few years of silence, recommenced in Sinhala and Tamil Languages, and started issuing once in 3 months.
1991 Apr 26-28 – The 1st National Indaba for Scouters, held at Lee Dassanayake Scout Training Centre, Mirigama.
1992 – 4th National Jamboree, commemorating 80 years of Scouting in Sri Lanka held at Welagedara Grounds, Kurunegala.
1993 Sep 24-26 – 4th National Cuboree held at Kaluthara Vidyalaya Grounds, Kaluthara.
1994-1997 – M. Mazzahim Mohideen becomes the 14th Chief Commissioner of Sri Lanka.
1994 Feb – Declared opened 3 newly constructed upstairs cabins, funded by Canada Foundation at Lee Dassanayake Scout Training Centre, Mirigama,
1994 – “The Sri Lanka Scout” newspaper commenced its printing in all 3 languages as a single bulletin.
1995 Oct 11-13 – 5th National Cuboree at St. Anthony’s College Grounds, Wattala.
1996 Mar 22-24 – National level Training Camp for Differently-abled & handicapped Scouts at the School for the Deaf, Ratmalana.
1996 – 1st Western Provincial Scout Jamboree
1997-2002 – K.H. Camillus Fernando becomes the 15th Chief Commissioner of Sri Lanka.
1998 Feb 16-23 – 5th National Jamboree at Pallekelle, Kandy. To this regard, 2 scout postal stamps were released on 18th Feb.
1998 – 1st Asia-Pacific Workshop on Information Technology, Colombo, and the first Web page hosted by University of Moratuwa.
1998 – The 1st Coral Camp in the island at Old Lighthouse premises
1998 – The 1st Tree Hut Camp
2000 Apr 26-30 – 6th National Cuboree at Marist Stella College grounds, Negombo
2001 Feb 22-25 – 28th National Rover Moot at Pallekele, Kandy
2001 Mar 8-11 – 1st National Agoonaree of Sri Lanka for differently abled and handicapped Scouts was held at Mahinda College, Galle.
2002-2007 – H.S. Weerakoon becomes the 16th Chief Commissioner of Sri Lanka.
2002 – 6th National Scout Jamboree and commemoration of 90th Anniversary of Sri Lanka Scouting at Balapitiya, Galle.
2002 – Centenary Wood Badge Advance Course at Pedro Training Centre, Nuwara Eliya.
2003 Aug 10-14 – 1st National Strategic Plan Workshop at Kundasale, Kandy.
2004 – 29th National Rover Moot in Kurunegala
2005 Feb3 – Mar3 – 20 Community service projects were carried out by the scouts from various districts in the island, in support of Tsunami victims, covering Galle, Matara and Hambantota districts.
2005 Sep30 – Oct2 – 7th National Cuboree at Bogambara Grounds, Kandy
2006 Feb 21-26 – 7th National Scout Jamboree and 4th SAARC Friendship Camp held in Nuwara Eliya Race Course.
2007-2012 – C. Batuwangala becomes the 17th Chief Commissioner of Sri Lanka.
2007 Apr 27-29 – 8th National Cuboree at Vincent Dias Grounds, Badulla,
2007 May 26 – A commemorative Scout stamp was issued by the postal department in respect of the Centenary year of World Scouting.
2008 Feb28 – Mar3 – 2nd National Strategic Plan Workshop and its first review meeting in Galle.
2008 Mar 21-23 – The 1st Workshop for Scouts on National Strategic Plan at Lee Dassanayake Scout Training Centre, Mirigama.
2009 Jan 23 – Dawn of Scouting for Girls under Sri Lanka Scout Association
For the first time in the history of Scouting in Sri Lanka, 291 female Cub Scouts invested together with 109 male Cub Scouts, all from the 12 districts of Sri Lanka, at a solemn ceremony held at the Seethawaka National School, in Avissawella. This was indeed a breakthrough, as for the first time, Girls were invested as Scouts after initiating ‘Girls in Scouting’ in 2008 by the Sri Lanka Scout Association (SLSA).