On Saturday, 6 Jumada Al-Awwal, 1440 A.H, the Wood Badge Advanced Scout Leader Training Course that was launched by the Deanship of Student Affairs, represented by groups of Umm Al-Qura University Scouts, was concluded. The course was held in the Scouting Camp of the University and lasted for five days, from Tuesday, 2 Jumada Al-Awwal, 1440 A.H. It was attended by His Excellency the General Secretary of the Saudi Arabia Scouts Association, Dr. Salih bin Raja Al-Harbi; the Vice-Dean of Student Affairs, Dr. Talal Muthanna; His Excellency the Vice-Dean for Activities and Student Training, Dr. Omar bin Siraj Sunbul; and a number of academic staff at the University and Scout leaders.
The course started with a session entitled, 'The Leader of the Scouting Unit: His Role, Responsibilities and Duties'. The session was offered by the training course leader Mr. Musfir Asiri. The course also included a number of training sessions that were offered by the Scouting leaders from among the academic staff at the University. They included a session entitled, 'Leadership', offered by His Excellency the Dean of Student Affairs, Dr. Amr Al-Saqqaf; two sessions entitled, 'Scouting Methods', and 'Preparing Theoretical Research', offered by His Excellency the Vice-Dean of Student Affairs, Dr. Talal Muthanna; two sessions entitled, 'Scouting and the Community', and ''Scouting, Development of Boyhood and the Ways of Solving Problems', offered by the Vice-Dean of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Institute for Hajj and Umrah Research (Academic Affairs), Dr. Isam Khan; two sessions entitled, 'Training Boys', and 'Developing Resources', offered by His Excellency Dr. Abdul-Khaliq Dawlah; a session entitled, 'Public Relations', offered by His Excellency Dr. Samir Tawakul; a session entitled, 'Planning', by the Scout Adviser Mr. Abdul-Rahman Allush Madkhali, and a session entitled, 'Scout Trips and Scouting Life', offered by His Excellency Mr. Zuhair Hawsawi.
The Advanced training course included a number of Scouting programs and skills, such as the tradition of saluting the Saudi Flag, morning visits to participants' residence, and going for a scouting walk inside the University for about 6 kilometers from the starting point to the finish point. During this walk, the scouting group, equipped with scouting messages and codes, explored the components of the environment and nature. The course, through its designated programs, aims to contribute effectively in community service.
The event was honored by the Vice-President of the University for Educational Affairs Dr. Abdulaziz bin Rashad Al-Suruji's visit to the headquarters of the Scouting camp. He stressed the care and support the University gave to the national, societal and scouting activities of the University Scouts because of what it brings of benefits and positive effects in developing the skills of the scout members and preparing leaders. His Excellency participated in the party organized in honor of His Excellency the Dean of Student Affairs, Dr. Amr Al-Saqqaf, that was held by students on the occasion of his reappointment as Dean of Student Affairs for another tenure by His Excellency the President of the University.
The final ceremonies began with a speech by the course leader His Excellency Mr. Musfir Asiri in which he thanked Umm Al-Qura University and Saudi Arabia Scout Association for their care and support for the scout activities.
His Excellency Dr. Talal Muthanna delivered the speech of the Deanship of Student Affairs on behalf of the Dean of Student Affairs in which he expressed his thanks and appreciation to the University Scouts for what they accomplished of achievements and performed of blessed efforts in carrying out this course. Then, Dr. Salih bin Raja concluded the ceremonies with a speech in which he welcomed the attendants and praised the efforts of the University in its support and care of the scouting activities. He recommended that the learners shoulder the scouting and societal responsibility of their religion and country.
Finally, the Deanship of Students Affairs honored both His Excellency the General Secretary of Saudi Arabia Scouts Association, Dr. Salih bin Raja Al-Harbi, and His Excellency the leader of the course, Mr. Musfir Asiri, with memorial shields. Next, thanks and appreciation certificates and attendance certificates were presented to course and training leaders, the assistant team, and learners.