JEDDAH: A summer scout camp for girls was launched in Asir on Sunday.
The five-day camp in Abha aims to build character and offer participants an attractive and safe educational environment in which to practice scouting activities that meet girls’ needs through global awareness programs so they can serve the community.
There are 50 girls from across the Kingdom taking part in the camp.
Abha, the capital city of Asir province near the Red Sea in southwest Saudi Arabia, is known for its mountains and wildlife. Its high altitude and cool weather make it more suitable for outdoor and camping activities than other Saudi regions at this time of year.
The director-general of education in the region, Ahmed Al-Omari, said the camp sought to develop girl scouts to help achieve sustainable development indicators, enhance the values of belonging and national loyalty, and qualify girl scouts to represent the country at local and international forums.
It also aimed to prepare scouting teams to help Hajj and Umrah pilgrims, enhance scouting skills to help serve the country in emergencies and crises, and qualify participants to obtain different ranks and accolades.
The camp has several scouting tracks such as sports, training, education, and the environment. It has 17 programs, including hiking, motor competitions, and summer parties.
Activities include first aid courses, chanting, crowd management, cybersecurity, and planting.