Alumni, join SCOUTS SA in preparing children for life, before life happens!
A fresh wind has been blowing through the South African Scouting Movement. The name of the organisation has been changed, programmes adapted to our current societal needs, a lot of new members have joined and we have initiated the Alumni Network.
Everywhere you look you will find former Scouting members. When asked about their experiences, the answer is unanimous “Once a Scout, always a Scout!” With that in mind SCOUTS SA is now reconnecting, rekindling and re-engaging with our alumni! The Alumni Network is open to all former members who are no longer involved in the Movement, but once enjoyed the adventures and skills development it provided.
The aim of the Alumni Network is not to raise funds (Fundraising programme: “Friends of Scouting”), but to contribute towards realizing SCOUTS SA’s goal of empowering young people in achieving their full potential as individuals and responsible citizens. At the heart of all SCOUTS SA’s programmes is a continuous transference of values such as honesty, loyalty, responsibility, respect; all aimed at governing individual behavior and the development of strong leadership skills that will equip youth to be of service to others and to their communities.
The Alumni Network is governed by an Alumni Committee of minimum 4 people. The committee would be in direct contact with Regional Commissioners and Alumni Network members nationwide.
The Alumni programme will include invitations to current events, opportunities for members to partake as judges or assistants at competitions/camps and to support Groups with their committees and activities. Other projects within the programme include opportunities for Alumni Network members to provide sessions to Cubs and Scouts relating to a specific theme and / or to join the mentoring programme whereby an alumni in a specific field could provide advice or facilitate talks to our current members and as such inspire them to reach their potential and increase their employability in their field of choice. If an Alumni Network member is not in a position to assist, they can simply rekindle friendships during events and stay abreast of the current developments through our various communication channels.
The establishment of the Alumni Network is also stipulated in the new SCOUTS SA Constitution. The clause provides for the Alumni Network to vote two people onto the SCOUTS South Africa Board. This gives the Alumni Network the opportunity to aid in steering SCOUTS SA in the right direction in order to prepare our children and youth for life, before life happens!
Alumni Network members will receive an Alumni Network member pin, 3 newsletters annually and updates from the Alumni Committee when opportunities arise. A nominal annual membership fee will be due. More information or to sign up to the Alumni Network Database: firstname.lastname@example.org
We are looking forward to welcoming you back to Scouting!
Bill Sewell, SCOUTS SA Alumni Network Committee Chair
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We are excited to be embarking on this new journey with you!