Historic scout group serves the community

2016-09-27 06:00
 Photo: supplied 1st Pinetown Senior Scouts troop at the Annual District Raft Race held at Midmar Dam.

Photo: supplied 1st Pinetown Senior Scouts troop at the Annual District Raft Race held at Midmar Dam.

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FORMED in 1913 in the small village­ of Pinetown with some 23 boys and the Scoutmaster Mr G.H. Mathieson, 1st Pinetown Scout Group has served the community for many years and has a proud association within the Pinetown area.
According to 1st Pinetown Scout Group spokesperson, Robin Ezra, the 1st Pinetown Scout Group programme has grown many youngsters into capable and responsible citizens.

Scouts and cubs are more relevant now than ever because in an age when parents are wary about letting their children out on their own and young people spend hours in front of the TV, on computer games or online, scouts and cubs offer an alternative.

“At 1st Pinetown Scout Group we do some pretty amazing things in the scouts and cubs, but for us adventure is a way of life, not just an expedition or an activity.
“Our scouts and cubs grow in confidence by trying out skills and achieving goals they never thought possible. When a cub competes in a raft race on a raft that he or she has helped to design and construct or a young scout has just got over his or her fear of heights by completing their first abseil - that's adventure.

“Our programmes are designed to develop life and social skills and to build character. At 1st Pinetown Scouts you will find a team of dedicated, motivated and friendly leaders. Our Girl Scout Troop has grown over the years with more girls enjoying scouting, the outdoors and the challenges it brings.
“The troop is currently run by Melanie Jacobsen, a former 1st Pinetown Scout, supported by two parents. The goal is to grow our troop with additional girls and our goal is to work on their advancements towards first class and explore level.”

She said the Boy Scout Troop has a lot of the senior boys working towards the first class and explore achievement levels

“Our Cub Pack is doing extremely well with numbers in the pack at an all time high due to our great pack scouter and pack assistants.
Our New Packer Scouter Brenda Timmer has brought a lot of experience from when she was in Johannesburg.”

For more information, phone 082 570 7767.

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