On 9 September, President of Latvia Edgars Rinkēvičs visited the ‘Būsim modri/Let’s be vigilant’ scout and guide camp, which has brough scouts and guides from Jūrmala, Tukums, Liepāja, Ogre, Sigulda, Vabole and Rīga to annual event in the capital of Latvia this year.
President of Latvia also accepted the invitation of Latvian Scout and Guide Central Organisation to become its Honorary President.
‘I am absolutely honoured to become the Honorary President of the Latvian Scout and Guide Central Organisation today and share this honour with our first President of State Jānis Čakste. Be vigilant, the motto of scouts and guides is also as relevant as ever in the toady’s world. May this motto guide you in your everyday life. Be vigilant and always stand up against injustice and crime. Be ready to act, be active and contribute to our society and state,’ President Rinkēvičs emphasised in his address.
Latvian Scout Organisation was established in 1921. In 1924 it was renamed into Latvian Scout and Guide Central Organisation. In 1939 the Organisation encounted more than 8,000 members. Statutes of Latvian Scout and Guide Central Organisation were adopted on 15 March 1922. Organisation encounted 3,036 guides as of 1 January.
Nowadays the Organisation represents 800 young and active Latvians from different regions of Latvia and there are officially 28 regional chapters. Around 100 volunteers ensure the daily operations of the Organisation, managing various scout and guide lessons on four different levels. Latvian scouts and guide are also active un USA, Australia and Canada. Brussels 21st Scout and Guide unit is the most recent diaspora initiative born in 2022.