Sumitra Manandhar (front row, second from left) took her scouts oath in 1975 after completing a month-long training program. She then left Kathmandu to teach in Lamjung, which was a nine-day trek from the closet highway. On reaching Lamjung, Manandhar and her National Development Service collegues re-enacted the scouts training for the village students. Taking the Scouts’ oath, August 1976. Sumitra Manandhar Gurung and other women enrolled in universities joined the National Development Service (NDS) to serve for a year in remote districts of Nepal. A week-long Scouts training was part of their preparation for the NDS.