Thursday, July 11, 2013


An exciting event of the Centenary Celebrations of 1st Kandy Dharmaraja Scout Group

Now in existence for over 35 years, Old Rajans Scout Association (ORSA) continues to strive to expand its programs and offerings to the Dharmaraja College, Kandy. On the invitation of ORSA Mr. John Henry de Saram’s son Mr. John Henricus de Saram  agreed to support in one or more of the many exciting events that we are offering Centenary Year and experience firsthand the pride we take in supporting our cause.

It is our mission to “Towards Global Leadership”. In order to meet our mission and provide services in our movement, we rely on the generosity of our founder Mr. John Henry de Saram’s family for support.
Mr. John Henricus de Saram made a contribution of SLR 150,000.00 to start the John Henry de Saram Memorial Scholarship Fund by allowing us to continue in our work.

Statue of late Mr. J.H. De Saram founder of Dharmarja Scouting, unveiled at RISGO 2013


The John Henry De Saram Memorial Scholarship Fund is to be established in memory of late J. H. de Saram (founder of Dharmaraja Scouting) to assist President Scout Badge winners in completing their education at Dharmaraja College, Kandy. 


The J. H. De Saram Memorial Scholarship Fund is created with SLR 150,000.00 in the 2013 and is continue to be sustained through the generosity of John Henricus de Saram’s family. 


Scholarship range from SLR 10,000.00. (These are one time awards) Scholarship winners are recognized at the annual prize giving ceremony. 


The applicants must fulfill each of the following requirements to be considered eligible: 

  1.  Dharmaraja College Students aged below 20 years. 
  2.  Have won a President Scout Badge representing 1st Kandy Dharmaraja Scout Group.
  3. Have gained highest marks at the GCE Advanced Level examination for university entrance among the President Scout Badge winners in any stream. 

Selection Committee: 

Appointed by the Principal, Dharmaraja College, Kandy.

This inaugural J.H.De Saram Memorial Scholarship will be awarded at the 2013 Annual Prize Giving on the 12th of July, 2013.

The project was initiated and driven by one of the pioneer members of ORSA Mr. Ananda Melpitya.

RISGO Centennial Jamboree on NSW Branch (of Scouts Australia) Look Wide Magazine(July 2013 issue)

RISGO Centennial Jamboree

Invitations were invited late 2012 for scholarships to attend the Rajans International Gathering of (RISGO) in February 2013 at Dharmaraja College, Lake View Park International Scout Centre in Kandy, Sri Lanka. After a merit based selection process, by an independent panel, scholarships were awarded to three venturers, Liam Furchow (WA), Rebecca Parish (Vic), Kate Broekman (NSW) and one leader, Vicki Knopke (Qld), joined by another leader, Chathura Perera (Vic).When I found out I had been accepted for a RISGO scholarship, I was so excited and incredulous. Things happened so quickly! Before I knew it I was on the plane to Brisbane, met Vicki and Bec and jetted off again to Singapore.
We met Liam in Singapore. We were picked up at the airport by Win, a local Regional Commissioner; he showed us around the main parts of Singapore including Chinatown and its delicacies and Sentosa Island in his Jaguar. I loved Singapore and couldn’t wait for our return journey. We then caught plane to Colombo, Sri Lanka.

We met Chathura at Colombo. We took our lives in our hands as we travelled the hectic, busy, humid streets of Colombo to Kandy and Dharmaraja College. We had home stay the first and last days in Sri Lanka, our family was truly hospitable. There was a lot of fresh, sweet fruit and the food was delicious throughout Sri Lanka.
At the College along with other International Scouts we were quickly confronted by lots of people taking photos of us. Everyone was so friendly; I got sore cheeks from smiling with these friendly, gentle Scouts. We quickly became close friends tied by Scouting.

There were heaps of activities to do; we were always busy, like Challenge Valley. Bec and I were lucky enough to qualify for white water rafting as we had made it into the top 60! I had a ball! I definitely want to do that again! We went on a jungle safari as well, it was so much fun.
The opening and closing ceremonies were amazing! The President of Sri Lanka was there, as were the myriad of colours as the traditional dancers from all around Sri Lanka and the Jamboree drew to a close. I had so much fun and met so many wonderful scouts.

Then, the hardest part of the Jamboree came… saying goodbye to everyone. Lots of Scouts were crying and everyone was hugging each other. It was so hard saying goodbye to those who’ve you’ve come so close with.
I felt so privileged to have received this scholarship to experience this trip of a lifetime, “Towards Youth Leadership”. It was truly a life-changing experience; I loved every second of it! Although language or culture may have been different, I found that we all had something universal and something in common……Scouting, which made us all the same, with a common bond, something that went beyond the spoken word! It was a fantastic opportunity, one that I will treasure in my heart and memory forever!

Kate Broekman - NSW Lones

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Monday, July 01, 2013

ORSA Commemorates Dharmaraja College Founders Day with Almsgiving for the 10th Consecutive Year

Similar to past decade, Old Rajans Scout Association conducted an alms-giving at Asigiri Maha Vihara Pirivena to commemorate the Founder’s Day of Dharmaraja College, Kandy on 29th June 2013. This marked the 126th Anniversary of Dharmaraja College, which was established by Col Henry Steel Olcott, philanthropist and the founder of the Buddhist Theosophical Society on 30th June 1887.

Former President of ORSA Mr. Asitha Edirisooriya lead the organizing team where he has being the leader of this annual project of the ORSA for last 10 years.   

Long Live Mother Dharmaraja!!!

It was birthday of former Group Scout Leader of 1st Kandy Dharmaraja Scout Group Mr. Bandara Weerasekara as well.  

ORSA wish you a long life and good health ….!!