Cubs groomed to assist the vulnerable

2019-06-18 06:01
1st Muizenberg Sea Scouts Cubs and Haven Night Shelter came together to give to the vulnerable members of the community.

1st Muizenberg Sea Scouts Cubs and Haven Night Shelter came together to give to the vulnerable members of the community.

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The 1st Muizenberg Sea Scouts Cubs did their part to give back to the community by feeding those less fortunate at Haven Night Shelter in Kalk Bay.

Cubs are the younger Scouts, aged seven to 10, who take part in the global youth movement to learn vital skills for good development. “All adult leaders (called Pack Scouters) are volunteers, and plan programmes to follow the ‘curriculum’ where we are required to teach the Cubs various skills and life lessons in order to train them to become Scouts (11 to 18 years), make them better people and make good citizens for our country,” explained Pack Scouter for the Muizenberg group, Lisa Storey.

She added that the initiative is one such activity that would instil in the Cubs the spirit of giving back and create model citizens.

“This is our second soup kitchen – the first was a few years ago which was with the Muizenberg Methodist Church to assist with feeding the homeless in Muizenberg. The one we’ve just done is our first for The Haven, and likely to be done at least a few times a year going forward. It requires a lot of manpower and donations which come mainly from our parents,” said Storey.

Cub Kathryn (10) is currently working towards her Leaping Wolf badge which is the highest award for Cubs and the only badge that a Cub can earn and keep after she becomes a Scout at age 11. Part of the efforts to get this badge is to create global awareness and she decided to focus on poverty, and together with her aunt Angela Lee-Wright she put her ideas into action to run the soup kitchen. They ran the kitchen on Saturday 1 June and made 40 litres of vegetable soup for the homeless shelter in Kalk Bay.

“It felt good to make the soup with the other Cubs, to help people living in poverty. I think everyone there would have loved the soup. It looked so delicious. It was fun to make and it’s a good thing to protect people in the world from poverty,” said Kathryn.

Cub Sabastian (9) said that being part of the group is fun for him, in addition to being highly educational. “Cubs is really fun and makes me happy when I do a good deed every day. We are positively influenced by our adult leaders, some of which have shown me how to sail, how to tie knots and survival skills,” he said.

The group plans events every term and a service project once a term.

Storey explained: “Our service projects normally focus on litter clean-ups around Zandvlei as our meetings are held at the Zandvlei Sea Scout base and our Scouts use the vlei for their sailing and other water activities. We also do litter clean-ups on Muizenberg beach.”

Their Sea Scout group does not own its own hall so they are constantly in need of funds in order to cover their expenses such as hall hire, maintenance of the boats, life jackets and equipment, as well as purchase of uniform items, badges, stationery and other equipment needed to run the fun and exciting meetings for the Cubs and Scouts.

Upcoming activities include a family bingo evening on Saturday 27 July and a Cub Camp in October.V To find out more visit www.1stmuizenberg.co.za.

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