Saturday, December 14, 2013

'157 BP DAY' Competition

Doodle for Google - BP DAY Competition
Google has had many logos since its renaming from BackRub. The current official Google logo was designed by Ruth Kedar , and is a word mark based on the Catull typeface. In 1998, Sergey Brin created a computerized version of the Google letters using the free graphics program GIMP. The first Google Doodle was in honor of the Burning Man Festival of 1998.The doodle was designed by Larry Page and Sergey Brin to notify users of their absence in case the servers crashed.

How to Enter:
1. Use one of the attached templates to create a design for the Google logo. Sample designs are available in internet, but may not be copied.
a. You must use 284×189 pixels (100 x67 mm) canvas
b. You may use pencil, crayons, felt tip or paint, or computer drawing or design software

Aim/Content : BP DAY, February 22, birthday of both Lord Baden-Powell, founder of the Boy Scout movement, and Lady Olave Baden-Powell, his wife and the First World Chief Guide. World Thinking Day, formerly Thinking Day, is celebrated annually on February 22 by all Scouts & Girl Guides around wold..

Vision : Write a supporting statement of up to 50 words explaining your 'What if…?'

Materials: Internet access, images saved on your computer/pen drive or flashcards.

Level : All levels (cub/Scout/ Rover/ Girl Guide/ wood badge leader or Akela)

Submit your proposal :

Finally, we got the chance to show what scouts can do the world....doodle will 'go live' on the Google homepage on February 22.

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Post by Baladaksha Sri Lanka.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Sri Lanka Scout Stamps

Golden Jubillee 50th Anniversary of Boy Scouts of Ceylon 

26th February 1962 / 35 Cents 

This stamp / stamp set was released to commemorate the Golden Jubilee (50th Anniversary) of the establishment of Boy Scouts in Ceylon. 




First Day of Issue: February 18, 2013 - Sri Lanka

RISGO Centennial, 2013 International Scout Jamboree

Sri Lanka has issued a new postage stamp honoring the 2013 Rajans International Scout Gathering of Centennial. 

Sri Lanka stamp full sheet
The most prestigious Buddhist College of the hill capital, Dharmaraja College celebrates her scout’s centenary in the year 2013. Being the winner of the King’s flag and All Island merit flag scout group and also the proud producer of a most outstanding scout of the Asia Pacific Region, the 1st Kandy Dharmaraja Scout Group organizes an international scout gathering 

“RISGO Centennial-2013” (Rajans International Scout Gathering of Centennial – 2013) with the support of Old Rajans Scout Association to commemorate 100 years of scouting. 

100 Years of Scouting

2012 Sri Lanka Stamps of 100 Years of Scouting in Sri Lanka.Sri Lanka miniature sheet of 100 Years of Scouting in Sri Lanka. 2012 Sri Lanka souvenir sheet.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Campfire Yells

special thanks for bkaldorf Pittsburgh, (US) & N.S.Silwa

To start the new year off I figured I’d do another beginning to end post on a recent personal project I completed.  As visual communicators, I think it is incredibly important to hone your vision through the use of personal projects.  After all, if you don’t exercise your vision how can you expect to obtain stellar results on your clients work?
Step 1.  Initial sketch.
I always begin with a very rudimentary sketch of what it is I’m trying to accomplish.  In the immortal words of Doc Brown, “Please excuse the crudity of this model, I didn’t have time to build it to scale or to paint it.”
sketching the concept
Concept sketch for the camfire stories photoshoot
I know, I’m a regular picasso right?  Anywho, from here I start fleshing out the particulars; models, lighting, wardrobe etc.  For this particular project I had people already in mind, so it was just a matter of convincing them that they wanted to do it:)  Luckily I have wonderful friends who like to see my imagination come to life so they were more than willing to help me out.  The biggest problem was going to be the location.  I wasn’t keen on carting my entire studio setup out to the middle of a campsite, so I decided to bring the campsite to the studio.  It was a full day of prep work to build the site, but it was totally worth it.  This way I had complete control of the lighting and the models would be much more comfortable (being that it was already the middle of October in the north east).  The only thing that I wasn’t able to replicate in the studio would be the background, that would have to be photographed outside at a later date.
The lighting for this shot was somewhat complex.  I really needed to replicate the glow of the campfire as much as possible without being overly lit.  We ended up going with 8 lights, all of them gelled with various orange and yellow mylar.  The lights on the two boys were up high and at 45 degree angle while our scout leader was lit from a strobe hidden in the campfire.  the highlights were created by two low strobes on either side, which were flagged.  The whole scene was then bathed in fill light with a magnum reflector.
strobe diagram for campfire setup
lighting diagram for campfire setup

The studio shoot itself went off without a hitch.  The background was kept dark so I had an easy time punching it out from the foreground.  That way I could just pop in the correct background at a later date.
behind the scenes campfire shot, unretouched
image before knocking out the background
From here it was just a matter of photographing the background on location and popping it in.  I chose a spot in a local park that kinda fit the mood of what I was after.  From here I just waited for the right time of day, set up two strobes, and fired away.

photograph of the background image
background shot, park near my studio
Once I combined the two images together, it was just a simple matter of my regular post production set up along with adding all of the eyes digitally (I took a bunch of photos of my cats eyes!) and voila, the final image!

finished campfire stories image

Monday, November 18, 2013

Explore COMET ISON -2013

Friday, November 15, 2013

Prince of Wales Arrives 


 The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall arrived in the island a short while ago to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Colombo.
At a reception to be held to mark His Royal Highness' birthday he will meet a range of people from Sri Lankan society. The garden at Westminster House, the venue for the party, will host a small organic market, at which The Prince and Duchess will view local produce and learn about farming in Sri Lanka.

The Prince will then spend Saturday in the hill country. In Kandy he will be visiting the iconic Temple of the Tooth, the British Garrison Cemetery and the historic Peradeniya Botanical Gardens . Moving on to Nuwara Eliya, he will visit the Labookellie tea estate and a school for children with disabilities.

On Saturday The Duchess will visit charities in Colombo such as the Home-Start Lanka Satellite Centre in Colombo Municipal Council’s ‘Building Hope’ Resource Centre.

 'සියවසේ ධූමකේතුව' දකින්න ශ‍්‍රී ලාංකික බාලදක්ෂයන්ට අවස්ථාවක්

මේ මස 17 වැනිදා සිට 23 වැනිදා දක්වා රාති‍්‍ර කාලයේ සහ අළුයම නැගෙනහිර අහසේ දී දැක බලා ගතහැකි අයිසොන් ධුමකේතුව නිරීක්ෂණය කළ හැකි බව ආතර් සී. ක්ලාක් මධ්‍යස්ථානයේ තාරකා විද්‍යාඥ මහාචාර්ය චන්දන ජයරත්න මහතා පවසයි. මෙම ශතවර්ෂයේ දිස්වන ප‍්‍රබලම ධූමකේතුවක් වන මෙම ධුමකේතුව, අයිසොන් ධුමකේතුව ලෙස නම් කර ඇති අතර මෙම ධූම කේතුව දැකබලාගැනීම සඳහා කොළඹ විශ්වවිද්‍යාල පරිශ‍්‍රයේදී සූදානම් කෙරෙන නිරීක්ෂණ කඳවුර සදහා බාලක්ෂයින්ට ද සහභාගී විය හැකියි. සීමිත ඉඩපහසුකම් ඇති බැවින් බාලදක්ෂයින් වෙනුවෙන් හැකි ඉක්මනින් ඔබේ ඉඩපහසුකම් වෙන්කරගන්න. ඒ සදහා ප‍්‍රමාණවත් දායකත්වයක් සැපයීමට කැමති නම් අපට ලියන්න.

ISON ධූම කේතුව ශතවර්ශයේ ධූමකේතුව විදිහටත් හඳුන්වනවා. 2012 ලෝක විනාශය ගැන කතාබහට ලක්වූ මෙම ධූමකේතුව 2012 සැප්තැම්බර් මාසයේදී රුසියානු තාරකා විද්‍යාඥයින් දෙදෙනෙකු විසින් සොයාලනු ලැබූවක්. නොස්ට්‍රාඩමුස්ගේ අනාවැකිය සඵල කරමින් මෙය ලෝක විනාශය සිදු කරයිද යන්න පිලිබඳ තවමත් විද්‍යාඥයින් විමසිලිමත් වෙනවා. හැතැප්ම 3ක් 4ක් අතරේ විශාලත්වයක් තියෙන ඒ කියන්නේ ඔස්ට්‍රේලියාව වගේ 1.2 ගුණයක් විශාගත්වයෙන් යුතු මේ ධූමකේතුව පලමු වරට සූර්යයා හා ගැටීමක් සිදුවන්නේ 2013 දී කියලයි කියන්නේ.

කොහොම වුනත් මේ ධුමකේතුව කිලෝමීටර මිලියන 1.2 පමණ සූර්යයා ආසන්නයෙන් යෑම පමණයි සිදුවෙන්නේ. මේ නිසා සාමාන්‍ය ප්‍රමාණයට වඩා වැඩි විශාගත්වයකින් යුතු වලිගයක් එහි දකින්න පුළුවන් වෙයි කියලත් විශ්වාස කරනවා. මේ ධූමකේතුව 2013 නොවැම්බර් මාසයේදී, හිරුගේ රශ්මියෙන් විනාශ නොවුනොත් අපට රාත්‍රී අහසේ දකින්නට ලැබිය හැකි බවත් දහවල් කාලයේදී අධික දීප්තිමත් තාරකාවක් මෙන් දිස්විය හැකි බවටත් අනාවැකි පලකරලා තියෙනවා.

The Comet ISON, said to be a very bright comet with a dazzling show, will have its closest point to the Sun (perihelion) on November 28. It will visible in Sri Lankan from November 17 to 23. A release said the public should look at the area of the sky close to the eastern horizon before the Sun rise around 5.00 a.m. to see the comet.

"For the best view, you need a very clear sky with no clouds or light pollution and should go to a hill top with no obstruction towards the eastern horizon. On November 17, the comet will be about 25 degrees above the eastern horizon at 5.00 a.m. While increasing the brightness, it will gradually come down daily with 21 degrees on November 19 and 11 degrees on November 23 at 5.00 a.m. above the eastern horizon," the release added.

"You will see the comet with the tail stretching away from the direction of the Sun. A pair of binoculars would give a much better view." Details are available at the Arthur C Clarke Institute for Modern Technologies(ACCIMT)

Dr. K. P. S. Chandana Jayaratne - B.Sc., Ph.D., Pg.Dip. Counselling, FIP (SL), MIPC Senior Lecturer in Physics. University of Colombo., Consultant on Astronomy and Space Science Arthur C Clarke Institute for Modern Technologies - Mob/SMS: 0714 800 800 / 0777 309 385 E-mail:

Friday, October 25, 2013

Teams in the Global Torch Race

You can click on the pins on the world map to see the current location of the Global Torch Race teams

Something new is happening this year…

This year, Scouts can participate in a Global Torch Race during JOTA-JOTI. The Global Torch Race is about creating the fastest-growing gathering of Scouts globally.

In the Global Torch Race, there are about 100 teams that compete to win the Race. Each team has a team leader, who has given his/her team a name. The task for the team leader is to kickstart the Global Torch Race. Hence, it will be the task of the team leader to be the first person in the team to invite and recruit other Scouts to join this team.

If you have not joined a team yet, you can do this here by picking one from the list. You can only become a member of one team. Every team has its own team page, where you can see and connect with your team members.

Once you have joined a team, you cannot unjoin it

The task of the team

Each Global Torch Race team needs to recruit Scouts from as many countries as possible during the 48 hours of JOTA-JOTI. Everyone in a team can invite other Scouts to join. So call your Scout friends, find them on your social media networks and invite them to join your team.

The winning team is the one who spreads their Torch to most countries.

The winners will be announced after the JOTA-JOTI event and will receive a special prize for their global effort.

Join a team now and help us make history.

Our team team has reached 100 countries, 161 members "Scouts & Guides JOTA-JOTI" you for being with us...!!

The results from the Global Torch Race are here. And the winner is.....Scouts & Guides JOTA-JOTI!!! A huge congratulations. You guys have reached 100 countries....

Thank you Global Torch Race, for giving us a chance to spread to the world scouts. "Scouts & Guides JOTA JOTI" team Members..

Saturday, October 12, 2013

October 19 at 8:00am at 11:00am
Archbishop college, Nayakakanda, Wattala.
ලෝක බාලදක්‍ෂ සංගමය විසින් සංවිධානය කරනු ලබන ජාත්‍යන්තර 56 වෙනි ගුවන් හා 17 වෙනි අන්තර්ජාල ජම්බෝරිය ශී‍්‍ර ලංකා ආධුනික ගුවන් විදුලි සංගමයේ පූර්ණ සහයෝගය ඇතිව රට පුරා ගුවන් විදුලි උප සම්ප්‍රේෂණ මධ්‍යස්ථාන 10ක් ඔස්සේ විසුරුවා හරිනු ලැබේ.

මෙවර 2013 වර්ෂයේ ඔක්තෝම්බර් මස 19 දවස පුරා ශ්‍රී ලංකා බාලදක්ෂ සංගමයේ ප‍්‍රධාන මෙහෙයුම් මධ්‍යස්ථානය වත්තල නායකකන්ද අගරදගුරු විද්‍යාලයේදී පැවැත්වෙන වත්තල ජා ඇල 2013 වත්ජාරී දිසා කදවුරට සමගාමී ව සජීවී ලෙස කි‍්‍රයාත්මක කෙරේ.

බාලදක්ෂ මාධය සහකරු වශයෙන් SCOUTING MAGAZINE සහ විජය බාලදක්ෂ කදවුර, විජායි දමිල මාධ්‍ය බාලදක්ෂ කදවුර හා එක් ව මෙවර කටයුතු කරනු ලැබේ. සජීවී වැඩසටහන් විසුරුවා හැරෙන ගුවන් විදුලි සම්ප්‍රේෂණ මධ්‍යස්ථාන වලට සහභාගීවීමේ අවස්ථාව ඔබටත් උදා වී ඇත. මේ සඳහා බාලදක්ෂ නිල ඇඳුමින් සහභාගී විය යුතුය. මෙම වැඩසටහන සාර්ථක කරගැනීම සදහා ඔබ සැමට ආරාධනා කරමු.

සහභාගී වන සැමට ජාත්‍යන්තර මට්ටෙම් සහභාගීත්ව සහතිකයක් හිමිවන අතර සහතික පත‍්‍ර සීමිත බැවින් හැකි ඉක්මනින් ඔබගේ සම්පේ‍්‍රෂණ මධ්‍යස්ථානය 'ජාතික බාලදක්ෂ මූලස්ථානයේ' ලියාපදිංචි කරගතයුතු බව කාරුණිකව සලකන්න.
56th Jamboree On The Air / 17th Jamboree On The Internet

"Lets Share"

Jamboree On The Air (JOTA) and Jamboree On The Internet (JOTI) is an annual virtual global camp in which around 500,000 Scouts and Guides from all over the world make contact with each other by means of amateur radio and the internet. This year's JOTA-JOTI includes a special broadcast by Sri Lanka Scout Association Official Operating Main Hub @ Archbishop college, Nayakakanda, Wattala. JOTA/ JOTI Camp Chief, Archt. Prof. T.K. Nimal P De Silva, address will be broadcast on the radio or played to groups of Scouts and Guides at 8.00 a.m. local time on Saturday 19 October 2013 Wattajaree District camp.

Through JOTA-JOTI every Member of Sri lankan Scouts can make friends, exchange stories, experience different cultures and have fun as part of the largest activity in world Scouting. JOTA-JOTI also gives Youth Members an awareness that they belong to a worldwide Movement.

You don't need any technical knowledge to join in - just ask the right people to help you. Anyone with an average knowledge of computers can help you organise and run JOTI - all you need is a computer that's connected to the internet. To participate in JOTA you must have a licensed Amateur Radio Operator to assist you. There are no registration or fees required for your Group to participate, however we are required to prepare Branch and National reports on the event, and some form of registration of your participation will assist greatly. More on this later.
7th Watjaree - 2013 
 October 17 at 8:00am until October 20 at 11:00am
Archbishop college, Nayakakanda, Wattala.
wattala, Ja-ela Annual District Scout Rally on 2013 October 17-20

couple with International 56th JOTA~17th JOTI~5thJOTS~2013

බාලදක්ෂ මාධය සහකරු වශයෙන් SCOUTING MAGAZINE සහ විජය බාලදක්ෂ කදවුර, විජායි දමිල මාධ්‍ය බාලදක්ෂ කදවුර හා එක් ව මෙවර කටයුතු කරනු ලැබේ. මෙම වැඩසටහන සාර්ථක කරගැනීම සදහා ඔබ සැමට ආරාධනා කරමු.

ජාත්‍යන්තර 56 වෙනි ගුවන් හා 17 වෙනි අන්තර්ජාල ජම්බෝරියට සහභාගීවීමේ අවස්ථාව ඔබටත් උදා වී ඇත. 2013 වර්ෂයේ ඔක්තෝම්බර් මස 19 දවස පුරා ශ්‍රී ලංකා බාලදක්ෂ සංගමයේ ප‍්‍රධාන මෙහෙයුම් මධ්‍යස්ථානය වත්තල නායකකන්ද අගරදගුරු විද්‍යාලයේදී පැවැත්වෙන වත්තල ජා ඇල 2013 වත්ජාරී දිසා කදවුරට සමගාමී ව සජීවී ලෙස කි‍්‍රයාත්මක කෙරේ. මේ සඳහා බාලදක්ෂ නිල ඇඳුමින් සහභාගී විය යුතුය.  

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

World Day of Prayer & Action for Childrens & Elders
 Organized by Deshabandu Nimal Bulathsinhala (MJF, Jp, PS, MMC)
The Sri Lanka Queen's & President's Scout Guild, Lions Club of Udahamulla in Lions District 306C-2 in association with the Dehiwala-Mat.Lavinia Municipal Council and the Dehiwala Zoo celebrated the International Children’s Day at S. Jayasinghe Grounds, Dehiwala.

Over 5,000 children participated at the event which took a carnival atmosphere. The day’s program included a variety of games and competitions.

A special feature of the event was that the little ones were taken to the Dehiwala Zoo. The children were treated to refreshments and prizes were offered to the winners of the many competitions.

past District Governor, 306C-2, Lion Nimal Bulathsinghala took an actinal part which made the event a colourful and memorable one for the children.

Get free tickets for Dehiwala Zoo

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Are you looking to buy a


Colombo International Book Fair 2013 on September 14-22 at BMICH Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka’s largest book Exhibition , Colombo International Book Fair will be held at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH) from the 14th to the 22th of September 2013.
Here is a great chance forCub Scouts, Girls in Scouts, Junior & Senior Scouts, Rover Scouts, Sea Scouts, Air Scouts, Equestrian Scouts, Little Friends, Guides, Senior Girl Guides, Akelas and Adult leaders to buy scouting Magazines at The Colombo international Book fair 2013, will be held from 14th September to 22th September 2013 at 9.00 am to 9.00 pm.

now available on
Hall - A 72, 77, 78 Pitrban Book Shop