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Keen at work: Enjoying every bit of it.
Keen at work: Enjoying every bit of it.

M. BALAGANESSIN

The Scouts and Guides from Railway Schools in seven districts showcased their skills.

A three-day exhibition in Tiruchi recently provided ample opportunities for the Scouts and Guides from Railway Schools in seven districts to display their talent through their exhibits on science, heritage of the Railways, handicrafts made from waste-materials, and a photo gallery on the life and works of the founders of Scout and Guide Movement.

The exhibition formed part of the 45th State Rally and the 18th Camporee of the Southern Railway State Bharat Scouts and Guides, Chennai. Cadets from Perambur, Tiruchi, Mysore, Salem, Golden Rock and Madurai and the Integral Coach Factory districts of the Southern Railway had brought hundreds of models for the show.

“The preparation of articles based on the principle ‘waste to wealth’ testified to the creativity of Scouts and Guides,” say S. Lakshmi and B. Sadathunisa, both Guide Captains of Tiruchi. A scout, P. Sooriyan, from the Railway School in Villupuram, who had brought several handicraft items, explained the principle of efficient management of waste materials into handicrafts.

Rare pictures

A collection of photographs, some of them rare, provided an opportunity for the Scouts and Guides to understand the heritage as well as the growth of the Railways. Photographs taken in 1925, showing the Tiruchi and Egmore stations besides the steamer ferry service via Dhanushkodi and Thalaimannar were fascinating.

The exhibition also sensitised the cadets to the glory and history of the Scouts and Guides movement. “We also included a model of ‘Stilt-Tower’; the principles of ‘Compass’ and other academically relevant materials,” says R. Srinivasan, Cub-Master of Perambur district.

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