The Bharat Scouts and Guides in Meghalaya started at the first meeting held on 19-8-1972 under the
Chairmanship of the then Education Minister Shri D.D. Pugh, when the state became
full-fledged, along with some enthusiastic who stress the importance of starting the
Movement in our state. The office started in November, 1972 in the office chamber of
the then Inspector of Schools at Mawkhar, Shillong. Since then, the Association has been
functioning very well under the Education Department. It has made tremendous progress in
quality as well as in quantity
They were the first:
STATE CHIEF COMMR.:- Shri N.K. Rustomji, ICS-Chief Secretary
STATE COMMR. (Scouts):- Md. Narul Islam, DPI
STATE COMMR. (Guides):- Smt. J. Adhikari,
STATE SECRETARY:- Shri L.K. Sailo--Scout Master
The National Association is a registered society under Act XXI of 1860.
The state Association is affiliated to the National Association. It is either sponsored by
the Youth & Sports or Education Departments of the State Government. The management of
the affairs of the Bharat Scouts and Guides is entrusted to the State Council and State
Executive Committee constituted in accordance to the Rules and Regulations of the Association.
Building and Land:
We inherited the State Headquarters Building from Assam, at Pine Mount-Ridge, Shillong,
land measuring about 29, 000 sq. ft. with a building of 5 rooms, now expanding to 7 rooms, with
a big kitchen and Choukidar's quarter. A multi-storeyed building is being constructed to house
the new State Headquarters.
The State Training Centre at Umtyngar about 22 kms from Shillong on Cherrapunjee
Road about 3 acres of land. The Centre has one very old hall, a store-room, a kitchen and
Choukidar's quarters. The Centre can accommodate about 800 boys and girls at a time in tents.
MAHATMA GANDHI: “I pray that every home in India may have children trained like Scouts.
RAJENDRA PRASAD: -First President of India: - “It has always given me
pleasure to see Scouts work for relief. I have found their work to be of a high order,
inspired by the spirit of service and done with efficiency. I have no doubt that there is
a great future for this Movement."
This list of three Scout Troops increased to nine different Boy Scout Organisations in early 1911 in Shimla, Calcutta (present Kolkata), Jabalpur, Allahabad, Bangalore, Poona, Kirkee, Saidpur and Madras (present Chennai).
The Boy Scout Movement took a start in
the United Kingdom when Lord Baden
Powell (Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden
Powell) organised a Scout Camp at
Brown sea Island on 1907 and the 'Scouting for Boys' was
published in 1908. The movement spread quickly in United Kingdom
and other countries of the world.
Scouting /Guiding in India before 1950:
Scout Troop in India,
consisting of Indian Boys, was formed by a Scottish Missionary, in
the Central Provinces (present Madhya Pradesh) in 1908. However,
the troop was disbanded in 1910. The common confirmed date, however,
for the start of Scouting in India is 1909, when three troops for
British boys were started at Bangalore, Kirkee and Jabalpur.
Efforts were made to merge all the Boy Scouts Organisations with the help and assistance of Lord Baden Powell in 1921. These efforts were partly successful. An endeavor was again made in 1937. The Girl Guide movement got a start in India at Jabalpur (M.P.) In 1911. It expanded enormously. There were about 50 girl guide companies with a membership of over 1200 by 1915. There companies were directly registered with imperial scout headquarters, London, like other Scout organisation. But an All India Girl Guides Association was formed in 1916. Girl Guiding was restricted to British Girls till 1916.