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Baden Powell travelled 1290 km from the then Cape Town Province to Mahikeng. Whilst on lockdown during the Siege of Mahikeng, the seed of Scouting was planted.

Globally we have all been experiencing various forms of lockdown. However as Scouts we all understand and appreciate the benefits of some fresh air, exercise and a change of scenery.

So, SCOUTS South Africa challenges all Meerkats, Cubs, Scouts, Rovers, adults and parents to get up, get moving and “step” into BP’s footsteps by “virtually” making your way along the historical trail he followed. Join the global #HikeToMahikeng!

Hike in total 20km over the next 6 weeks within your home, garden or neighbourhood (Under 7 year olds hike 10kms.) Complete your portion of the journey by World Scout Scarf Day (1 August) to earn a #HikeToMahikeng badge. At the request of a number of members we included cycling as an option with the understanding that 10km cycled = 1 km hiked. Scout Group whose members cumulatively achieve the complete distance of 1290kms will receive a digital commemorative certificate from SCOUTS South Africa.

Be sure to be seen by wearing your purple Scouting wear. Encourage others to hike along by posting your action shots with #HiketoMahikeng on social media!

Once completed, Scouters may purchase the badges @10 rand each at shop@scouts.org.za and indicate whether the Group completed the full distance. Proceeds from the badge sales will go towards sustaining Scouting throughout South Africa.

Your honour will be your word!

Brendon Hausberger
Chief Scout of South Africa

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