Students, volunteers pick litter while jogging at close of Girl Guides international camp

Participants plogged along two routes in Bishan, each stretching 1.3km. PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO

SINGAPORE - Fifty students from local schools and volunteers took part in a plogging activity in Bishan on Saturday (June 4) as part of the Girl Guides Singapore's four-day international camp this year.

Plogging, which involves picking up litter while on a jog, started in Sweden in 2016 and has spread across the world. Participants plogged along two routes in Bishan, each stretching 1.3km.

Held once every five years, the Girl Guides Singapore International Camp is open to members of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts across 152 countries.

More than 1,200 local participants, including students from 36 primary and 49 secondary schools, as well as 300 participants from 10 countries took part in the camp, which included virtual elements for the first time this year.

The camp began on Wednesday and took place at various schools as well as the Guide House in Bishan.

Minister for Education Chan Chun Sing attended the event and noted how uniformed groups like the Girl Guides equip young people with skills and awareness about the environment.

He said: “Many of the activities that you are doing now...  help us internalise this spirit of not just taking care of this generation but the next generation (as well), be it through the small activities you do such as plogging, taking care of the environment, or taking care of the future resources that we will pass on to the next generation. All of these are important aspects of taking care of the future.”

Mr Chan highlighted three key areas to cultivate the potential of young people.

He said Girl Guides Singapore imparts life skills that the young can hone and develop in the future, while focusing on taking better care of themselves.

He also advised young people to take care of others around them and recognise different strengths and weaknesses in people. 

Lastly,  the young can focus on building strong foundations that benefit future generations, he added.

Other activities held during the camp included virtual workshops on topics such as environmental sustainability and climate change, mental health and gender equality.

Mrs Koh-Teh Yi Wen, chief commissioner of Girl Guides Singapore, said: "Guiding provides equal opportunity for girls to develop knowledge, skills and competencies.

"Camps support authentic learning experiences outside the classroom, so that girls can exercise confidence, courage and creativity, as well as work collaboratively with others.

"Guiding prepares girls to rise above challenges, challenge limitations and pursue their aspirations to build a better world."

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