More adventure than I bargained for

2015-06-09 06:00

I joined the scouting movement as a cub in 2008. I moved up to Scouts at the beginning of 2010. At the time I was unaware of the life that lay before me.

I thought I was joining a rather lame movement, where I would spend my weekends tying knots, practising First Aid and helping old ladies cross the road.

So I was quite surprised when I realised what it really was.

I have spent nights on Table Mountain, slept in tents in the middle of nowhere, spent ten days hiking through the Cederberg mountain range, sailed in regattas at Simon’s Town and built and slept on rafts made from poles.

Later in the year I will be travelling to Japan for almost 20 days for the 23rd World Scout Jamboree. Thousands will be attending, including the king of Sweden and Bear Grylls. I’ve done all this, and I’m only 16.

I’ve learnt leadership, which in these times is more essential than ever. I’ve learnt to never give up and how to keep smiling when times get bad. I’ve made lifelong friendships, met extraordinary people and visited places in Cape Town people have never heard of.

This is only half of the kind of stuff that awaits you when you become a Scout.

My life changed and became an adventure. For all those who think they are up for the scouting adventure, join.

For information on local scouting groups close to your home visit or contact Scouts South Africa’s regional office on 021 685 8420 or

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