2000 News Story

Crown Prince Abdullah opens boy scout camp in Taif

Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard Crown Prince Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz opened the 24th Arab Boy Scout Camp at Hawiyah, near Taif yesterday. This is the first time the annual camp has been held in Saudi Arabia. Over 1,500 scouts from 16 Arab countries are attending the 12-day camp. Some 6,000 young Saudi students took part in the opening ceremony, which was attended by visiting Qatari heir apparent Sheikh Jassem Bin Hamad Al-Thani and Prince Rasheed Bin Hassan from Morocco. The ceremony included folkdances, a fireworks display, an equestrian demonstration by 13 national guard horsemen, and a ten-man parachute jump led by Mubarak Al-Suwailem carrying the flags of the 16 participating countries and posters of the Saudi leadership.