The Chief Scout of the Ismaili community Prince Amyn celebrated his 81st birthday on 12 September 2018. The Aga Khan Scouts and Guides of the UAE commemorated with a day full of celebrations, where there was volunteering activities and a cake-cutting ceremony. Jamati leaders distributed certificates for achievement, and a film was screened highlighting the major events of 2018 thus far.  

AKSG Cubs, Brownies, Guides, Scouts, Senior Guides, Rovers and Leaders from across the UAE participated, dressed in their uniforms and surrounded by many proud parents and Jamati leaders. 

Over the past year, team-building activities have included a Happiness Fit Session, the Bird Feeding Campaign, cooking competitions, the AKSG Sports day, and Human Football.  Highlights of the events in the community included volunteering and band playing at the ‘Emirates NBD Unity Run', ‘Clean-Up UAE Campaign’ and 'National Day Celebrations'.   The AKSG were filled with pride as they watched some of their members playing in the band in Lisbon for the Diamond Jubilee celebrations in July.  

In addition to team building, AKSG members work on personal skills development under the guidance of AKSG Leaders and professionals as per the World Scouting and Guiding Proficiency badge courses for which they earn badges upon successful completion of each course.  

Robert Baden-Powell founded the Scouting movement in England in 1907, with the intention of supporting young people in their physical, mental and spiritual development through an informal education system. Scouting and Guiding fosters ethical and selfless practice through giving, and therefore, matches well with the social enterprise and charitable giving advocated by the Ismaili faith.  

“Scouting and Guiding is about learning leadership skills, physical development and life skills from peers, leaders and professionals through intellectual and fun activities. It teaches us compassion as we render generously our time and help to those in need,” explained the Group Commissioner, Asif Morani.  

“Wearing the scarf reminds me of the moment when you forget that you’re volunteering to help change lives because it’s changing yours.,” said Waqar Niat Khan, in honour of Scout Scarf Day 2018