Indonesian Minister asks Scouts to help prevent drugs

Indonesia’s new Minister of Youth and Sports, Roy Suryo, chose Gerakan Pramuka as an advocate for drug prevention among youth.

The minister said during an official meeting with  President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono that Scouting activities will later be synergized with the Ministry of Education and Culture and the National Narcotics Agency so that Scouts can help as vanguards for drug prevention.

The Minister agreed to support Scouting activities in Indonesia, while he also asked the Scouts to adapt to modernization that includes recognizing the dangers of drugs. "I think Scouts have to adjust with the times,” he said, stressing his expectation for an all-out support to a drug-free youth movement.
-- Berthold Sinaulan, APR Honorary Correspondent/WOSM Correspondent