The Aim of SCOUTS South Africa is to contribute to the development of boys, girls and young adults in achieving their full potentials as individuals, as responsible citizens and as members of their local, national and international communities by:
- Developing their character;
- Training them in citizenship;
- Developing their spiritual, social, intellectual and physical qualities.
SCOUTS South Africa is based on the following principles:
- Duty to God: Adherence to spiritual principles, loyalty to the religion that expresses them and acceptance of the duties resulting there from.
- Duty to others: Loyalty to one’s country in harmony with the promotion of local, national and international peace, understanding and co-operation. Participation in the development of society with recognition and respect for the dignity of one’s fellows and for the integrity of the natural world.
- Duty to self: Responsibility for the development of oneself.
Adherence to the Promise and Law
All members of SCOUTS South Africa are required to adhere to the Meerkat, Cub or Scout Promise and Law as conceived by our Founder Lord Baden Powell.
I will love my God, be kind and stand tall.
A Meerkat always stands tall.
I promise to do my best,
To do my duty to God and my country,
To keep the Law of the Wolf Cub pack,
And to do a good turn to somebody every day.
The Cub gives in to the Old Wolf,
The Cub does not give in to himself.
Do your Best
On my honour I promise that I will do my best,
To do my duty to God, and my country,
To help other people at all times,
To obey the Scout Law.
1. A Scout’s honour is to be trusted.
2. A Scout is loyal.
3. A Scout’s duty is to be useful and to help others.
4. A Scout is a friend to all and a brother to every other Scout.
5. A Scout is courteous.
6. A Scout is a friend to animals.
7. A Scout obeys orders.
8. A Scout smiles and whistles under all difficulties.
9. A Scout is thrifty.
10. A Scout is clean in thought, word and deed.
Be of Service
The Scout Method
Our methodology is a system of progressive self-education through:
- Our Promise and Law
- Learning by Doing. This takes place through result-driven, hands-on activities where Scouts can later evaluate what they have learnt. Learning by doing is far more meaningful, memorable, and long lasting and it deepens the understanding of concepts and mastering of practical skills.
- The Patrol System, i.e. membership of small groups under adult guidance. This enhances involvement, progressive discovery and acceptance of responsibility, training towards self-government and the development of character, the acquisition of competence, self-reliance, dependability and capacities both to co-operate and to lead.
- Progressive and stimulating programmes and a variety of additional activities and projects based on the interests of the members, incl. games, useful life skills, services to community, …
- Adventure. By creating challenging opportunities for the members to experience we strive to provide a platform for members to practice and develop skills in accordance with the aims of SCOUTS South Africa.
Programmes & Projects
Our youth training programme is an advancement system where Scouts are allowed to progress at their own pace. It allows for experiential learning and contributes to their personal development. Meerkats, Cubs, Scouts and Rovers acquire Advancement and Interest Badges as part of their journey. By learning new skills and forming lasting friendships through the Scout programme, generations of Scouts have grown up to become some of our nation’s most outstanding leaders!
Our Adult leaders are all volunteers. Many were Scouts themselves or parents of Scouts, but anyone is welcome to join our Movement. All Adult Leaders and volunteers receive comprehensive training. We recognise that in order to provide a good and thorough service to our children and youths we need to make sure that our adults are educated and have the skills and resources needed to ensure the adventure of a lifetime!
In addition to our programme we provide a number of award winning topic related projects for our Scouts to take ownership of. The projects range from health related peer education to environmental climate change and recycling initiatives, to leadership and life skills development projects. Often these themed projects are developed in partnership with other civil society or corporate partners.