Saturday, August 27, 2011

Teaming up with SCOUTS for an Eco-adventure!

We woke at the beautiful riverside Salawa Scout Camp to meet our friends and supporters from the Colombo-district Scout Association. After singing the national anthem we jumped into our challenge for the morning: an Eco-Adventure course, comprising commando-style physical challenges, nature-based adventure courses and intellectually-stimulating environmental quizzes.
After several fun-filled hours on the course, we took the chance to catch our breath and clean ourselves of mud before planting more trees around the Scout Camp. Tree-planting is just one of the techniques we have used along the Journey to improve our Eco-Handprint!
We said goodbye to our good friends at the Scout Camp (who have been great supporters of our Journey since it was conceived) and travelled onwards into the hustle-and-bustle of the outskirts of Colombo.
We picked a few strategic locations and launched a full-scale awareness campaign, covering town squares, markets and bus depots, with the support of local officials and police. We had a crazy and fun afternoon, performing street dramas, gathering crowds, chatting with locals, handing out eco-awareness stickers and singing our famous ECO-V song (about caring for Mother Earth, written by a famous Sri Lankan singer).
At dusk we made our way to the Education Centre in Hanwella, where we were invited along for the night. The Yathrees have been spending their evening finishing their beautiful journals, which they will be handing in tommorrow!

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