Today, the 18th of July, we honour Madiba. Nelson Mandela was a wise leader, a humanitarian and SCOUTS South Africa’s Patron who was awarded the Africa Elephant Award, the highest Scouting Award given by the Africa Scout Committee on the African Continent.
Let’s devote 67 minutes of our time to help others. As Scouts we are all Messengers of Peace, so let us all take action and inspire change on Mandela Day by helping out in our communities.
If your Pack, Troop or Crew does take action in honor of Madiba, please let Natasha (PR) know. Send her a photograph and a short story about how you were of service in your community. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Did you know?
Madiba himself was a Scout as a youngster. Later in life he agreed to become the Scouting Associations Patron.
In 1976, the South Africa Scout Association took the courageous and unprecedented step of defying an unjust system and opened its doors to all young South Africans in a single united Association. Upon becoming President of South Africa in 1994, Dr. Mandela recognised this pioneering role of Scouting in integrating South African society when he accepted to become the Association’s Patron.Under his patronage, the Scout Movement made tremendous progress and became one of the largest youth organisations in South Africa.
In recognition of his commitment to the dignity and freedom of all people, his support for the development of young people and their education, and his contribution to the growth of Scouting in South Africa and beyond, Madiba was awarded the Africa Elephant Award, the highest Scouting Award given by the Africa Scout Committee on the African Continent.