Living in harmony is the theme for this year’s 46th Camporee which marks the end of the civil war. Colombo District Commissioner Janapirth Fernando said "before, we had fear, now that fear is gone. Scouts from northern and eastern regions will come by bus like in the past due to the harsh conditions imposed by the war, scouts from the north and east had to be transported by helicopter.
Colombo will be the host of this year’s scouting event, which plans to accommodate a total of 2,500 scouts for five days and another 2000 that will attend on respective days.
For the first time the camporee will be organised by the first woman to have ever organised the event Mrs Wathsala Wijewickrema. The main sponsors will be ‘Life Buoy’ from the Uni Lever Ceylon Company, who have their own theme ‘Make Sri Lanka Healthy’. A representative stated "change begins at home and the children are the key to change in Sri Lanka".
The five-day event will consist of various activities for the scouts, from abseiling and hiking in Hanwella to six-a-side cricket tournaments and a visit to the Air Force museum at Ratmalana.
The 46th Camporee is open to the public at the admission rate of 20 rupees. Visitors can visit the campsites, view talent shows and much more. The opening ceremony of the Camporee will be held on 14th August at the Open Air Theatre, Vihara Maha Devi Park.