More than 300 students from Pattaya School No. 6 were taught respect for family, teachers and the nation in a scouting camp at Sattahip’s Prince Chumphon Military Camp.
The 336 boy and girl scouts discussed the current border conflict between Thailand and Cambodia over the Preah Vihear temple. Students admitted to not knowing much about what actually was happening, but agreed that the World Heritage Site would be the biggest loser in an armed battle, with the ancient temple either damaged or destroyed.
Students circle the campfire during their scouting camp at Sattahip’s Prince Chumphon Military Camp.
Other lectures discussed sexual activity and drug use, with teachers stressing that students should have traditional, conservative and moral behavior in these areas.
Vice-Principal Saijai Kongcharoen said Thailand’s scouting program is a way to preserve innocence in Thailand’s youth. The goal is to have them listen to parents and teachers, honor their country and develop their intellect and spirituality.
She said the discussion over Preah Vihear shows today’s youth are cognizant of the importance of preserving historical relics. And the discussion over sexual behavior and drugs helped the kids to realize the damage immoral and illegal behavior can have, Saijai said.