The Philatelic Bureau of the Department of Posts will issue a new postage stamp in the denomination of Rs. 25.00 to mark the RISGO Centennial – 2013 International Scout Jamboree on 18th February, 2013.
The most prestigious Buddhist College of the hill capital, Dharmaraja College celebrates her scout’s centenary in the year 2013. Being the winner of the King’s flag and All Island merit flag scout group and also the proud producer of a most outstanding scout of the Asia Pacific Region, the 1st Kandy Dharmaraja Scout Group organizes an international scout gathering “RISGO Centennial-2013” (Rajans International Scout Gathering of Centennial – 2013) with the support of Old Rajans Scout Association to commemorate 100 years of scouting. “RISGO Centennial -2013” is scheduled to be held from 18th to 22nd February 2013 at the Lakeview Park International Scout Centre, Kandy, Sri Lanka under the patronage of Chief Scout, His Excellency the President, of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka Mahinda Rajapaksa. Over 5,000 cubs, scouts, girl scouts and guides representing all districts of the island and scouts representing more than 40 nations around the world. The event will be ceremonially opened by Mr. Abdulla Rasheed, Regional Director, WSM-APR and will be followed by the unveiling of the statue of late Mr. J. H. De Saram, who pioneered scouting at Dharmaraja College. The commemorative stamp and the First Day Cover will be cancelled by the Minister of Postal Services, Hon. Jeewan Kumaranatunga at the opening ceremony.
There will be attractive and adventurous scout activities organized under the theme ‘Towards A Global Leadership’. The tour organized for the foreign participants to witness Sri Lanka’s development projects and historical places will be a main feature in the RISGO program.
February 18th, 19th and 20th is named as Opening Day, Cultural, Community service and Cub Scouts Day and Girl Scouts, Girl Guides and International Day respectively, while February 21st will be the leaders and Old Scouts Day and February 22nd is the Founder’s Day to commemorate 156th anniversary of Lord Baden Powell, the founder of the Scout Movement.