Scout pack revived

2019-02-19 06:00
Children practice their slip knot technique. PHOTO: Samantha lee

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The Rocklands branch of the Scouts have been revived.

Following a recent intake at local primary schools, the scouts now meet every Friday at the Weltevreden Council Yard to teach the children to be responsible citizens.

“Scouts South Africa is an independent, non-profit educational movement dedicated to the development of young people in achieving their full potential as individuals and responsible citizens. Central in this programme is a continuous transference of values such as honesty, loyalty, responsibility, respect; all aimed at governing individual behaviour and the development of strong leadership skills that will equip members to be of service to others and to their communities,” says Victor Maxim of the Scouts.

Scouter Warren Pietersen has been part of the Rocklands Scouts since it began more than 20 years ago.

“I was 11 when I joined. What kept me interested all this time is what you learn in the scouts,” says Pietersen.

“Children learn things that they don’t learn at school. We also teach them how to discipline themselves, life and survival skills.”

The Scouts are open to girls and boys aged from six and older.

Due to interest in the scouts dying down in recent years, the scouts were discontinued and then revived recently.

“The Rocklands Scouts was established in 1989 and is only made possible with the voluntary leadership of adults and at the moment that is our biggest problem as we do not have enough adult leaders to teach the children that join,” says Maxim.

“A vision for Scouting in the Western Cape is that Scouting in the Western Cape be recognised as a premier adventure, community orientated youth movement, accessible to all, effectively managed, providing leadership for the future and driven by the needs and wants of the youth of today.”

There are Scouts in various areas in Mitchell’s Plain, including Westridge and Strandfontein.

V Adult leaders or parents wanting to enrol their children can contact Troop Scouter Warren Pietersen on 074 441 1300, Acting Pack Scouter Annsley Spies on 079 771 5910 or Victor Maxim on 079 981 1396.

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