His Majesty The King granted an audience to 63 girls and 62 boys who participated in the three-week long 13th Scouts Leadership training programme, which started on December 23. 

The scouts are class 10 students selected from their various dzongkhags across the country. The programme includes physical training, rescue, aid, and disaster management skills training, and lectures and classes on values, team work, among others. 

His Majesty The King congratulated the participants for being selected and expressed His appreciation for choosing to spend their vacation in the programme. 

The Scouts Leadership Programme, including the one in summer for class 12 students, was initiated as part of an overall exercise to revitalise and strengthen Scouting in Bhutan. The Department of Youth and Sports,  following Royal Command initiated the programme to create opportunity to equip and empower children to strengthen themselves and serve their communities and the country besides invoking a spirit of volunteerism.

The top 5 Class 12 scouts, who participated in the summer leadership programme are recipients of His Majesty’s Scholarships. So far, 25 students, who received scholarships are pursuing their tertiary education in various colleges overseas.