MAYLANDS-based Buddha’s Light International Association (BLIA) WA has launched the first Buddhist scout group in WA.
The group is housed at Fo Guang Shan Temple in Maylands and is part of the BLIA Scouts worldwide network.
There are also scout groups in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
Scout leader Grace Collins said the group currently had 22 scouts who attended youth meetings on alternate Saturdays during the school term.
“The principles of Buddhism and scouting run parallel to each other – they are very similar,” she said.
“Teachings such as respect for others, help other people, contribute to the community, look after our environment etc, they help children to develop into caring and responsible citizens of the future with a balanced body and mind.
“In addition, we will emphasise the ‘Three Acts of Goodness’ – do good deeds, say good words, think good thoughts – to practise in their daily life.”
Ms Collins said activities were held mostly at the temple, with occasional outdoor excursions and camps.
“Our aim is to produce quality programs where they can develop the six core areas of development – social, intellectual, physical, character, emotional and spiritual,” she said.
“The emphasis will be on implementing the Scouts method while incorporating some religious values and philosophies at a level that is relevant to their age group.”
They will be taking part at a Joey Campfire at Kadidjiny Park in Melville and a Joey Environment Day at Rockingham Environment Centre.
She urged more people to join regardless of their cultural or religious background.
For more information, visit https://www.bliawa.org.au/