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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

2nd Saarc & 12th National Scout Jamboree 94, Quetta

The National Council of the Pakistan Boy Scouts Association has approved holding of 12th Pakistan National Jamboree in Quetta 22nd September, 1994 and has decided that the Jamboree should be named as 2ND SAARC SCOUT JAMBOREE\". The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has accorded its approval for the conduct of \"2ND SAARC SCOUTS JAMBOREE\" with a view to bring together SAARC Member Countries in the field of Scouting. The last SAARC Jamboree was held in Colombo between 14-22 February 1990 and attended by all SAARC Member Countries inclusive of Pakistan\'s contingent consisting of 150 Scouts/Leaders.
The Programme of the Jamboree is classified into two groups:
Group I - includes daily activities sub camp wise and
Group II - includes the whole camp activities based on the following items:-
a) Adventure Trail, Skill Learning, Community Service, Educational Tours and Sports.
b) Husn-i-Qiraat competition, Naat Sharif, Pioneering, Scout Craft, Tent pitching, Cooking, knotting, First Aid, Commando Race, Speech contest role of Scouting in the integration of SAARC countries; National Songs, Poster Competition on prevention from Narcotics and Quiz Competition.
Scout displays will indicate into a cultural show, camp fire and 2nd SAARC Youth Forum. VENUE
Quetta, the Capital of Baluchistan, 1692 meters above sea level, lies at the mouth of Bolan Pass. Quetta is connected the rest of country by road, rail and air. The ROD Highway connects it to Karachi and then on (via Kho-e-Taftan) to Tehran, Iran, 1435 kM away. The road to Sibi connects it with Punjab and upper Sindh. The Chaman Road is a link between the country and the Afghan border.
Quetta can rightly be called the fruit basket of Pakistan. Plums, Peaches, Pomegranates, Apricots, Apples, Guavas (locally called Zaitoon) some unique are all grown in abundance. Some quantity of pistachios is grown in Qila Saifullah also.
The People: The inhabitants are mainly Pathans, Baluch and Brahuies.
Nomadic tribesmen pass through Quetta Valley during spring and autumn with their herds of sheep and camels and their assorted wares for sale. This seasonal movement adds colour to the life of the city.
The City: The name is derived from the word \'kot\' which means a fort and no doubt it is a natural fort surrounded as it is by imposing hills on all sides. The encircling hills have the resounding names of Chiltan, Takatoo, Mordar and Zarghun.
Eleven National Jamborees of Pakistan have so far been held for which the Postal Authorities had almost issued the commemorative postage stamps, First Day Covers and Leaflets.
To celebrate the occasion \"2nd SAARC and 12th National Scout Jamboree, Quetta\" Pakistan Post is issuing a stamp of Rs. 7/- denomination on September 22, 1994.