Highway lad scouts about

2018-06-12 06:00
Michael-Jean Geldenhuys (right).PHOTO: Supplied

Michael-Jean Geldenhuys (right).PHOTO: Supplied

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UPPER Highway youngster Michael-Jean Geldenhuys (15) is a lover of everything outdoors. He is a member of the 1st Hillcrest Scouts, and was named the most improved scout for 2017. He will start with his Springbok badge this year.

Michael-Jean chatted to Fever about his love for scouting.

“There are many reasons to join Scouts. The reason I joined is because of the outdoors, which we often visit on camps and hikes, and while doing community services and construction. There are also other reasons, for example, the brotherhood that you will develop in time with your fellow troop members. Once you have that bond, nothing will break it, and I have turned down leadership positions because it would get in the way of helping a friend achieving his goals,” he said.

Michael-Jean encouraged the youth in the community to join scouts.

“Scouts will also teach you amazing skills and values, for example, basic survival skills which, with time, will turn into more advanced survival skills, and tying knots, which can help you in very dangerous situations or even just everyday life.

“The values they teach you will be values that you will carry with you for the rest of your life. The Scouting values certainly have become my own personal values. Values such as discipline and respect, which will aid you for the rest of your life and the leadership skills and experience that you get, well that speaks for itself. There are 10 Scouting values in total: trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.”

He added that scouting is also full of fun, with lots of opportunities to meet new people, especially if you attend events like the annual raft race at Midmar and competition camp.

“If you are lucky, you may even get a chance to go to Sanjam (national scouting event) or an international jamboree (it’s a large international event where Scouting countries compete and interact, and it’s always in a different country).

“I am lucky enough to have been chosen to attend the next one in West Virginia next year. It is a very proud moment for me, being part of the contingent representing Scouting South Africa.

“These are just some of the reasons why joining Scouts is recommended for all young boys with a love for adventure and fun. I certainly cannot wait for my next adventure,” he said.

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