For Sergio Jonas, helping the community is not enough – he wants to bring about change for generations to come.
Jonas is the leader of the 1st Steenberg Scouts who assemble at their base at 13 Lute Lane every Friday.
Jonas launched the group’s Cubs programme in the area last week for the first time in 21 years.
The programme is open to children between the ages of seven and 10.
Thereafter they will be able to enrol in the Scouts programme.
Cubs runs from 16:45 to 17:45 every Friday and Scouts from 18:00 to 20:00, also on Fridays.
The aim of Cubs and Scouts is to keep the boys (and girls) off the streets and also to teach them survival, pioneering and basic first aid, and also to have fun activities to keep the boys busy with things such as hiking and camping.
“As we all know, in the community we are currently living in, we hear that someone gets killed on a daily basis or they are addicted to drugs.
“Scouts wants to help keep the kids off the streets and help to discipline them,” says Jonas.
He adds that the programme also aims to teach the children how to help people who are in need.
“A cheery smile and a helping hand make life easier for others. By doing a ‘good turn’ daily and helping when you’re needed, you prove yourself a Scout and do your part to make this a better world,” he adds.
However, Jonas laments that having the Scouts programme in Steenberg has brought about its own set of challenges, and being an non-profit organisation, Jonas says all support is welcome.
“Equipment gets stolen from the hall and then Scouts and Cubs need to raise funds to replace the equipment or go without the equipment that was stolen,” says Jonas.
The Scouts are taught to live by a code of conduct exemplified in the 12 points of the 10 Scouts laws which are: trustworthiness, loyalty, helpfulness, friendliness, courtesy, kindness, obedience, cheerfulness, bravery, cleanliness and reverence.
“Scouting will provide experiences and will help prepare our youth for the their future. It builds self-confidence and reinforces ethical standards,” he explains.
Jonas has put his new Cubs troop to work already and they will be embarking on an initiative to feed more than 300 unprivileged children in the Hillview area on Saturday, through funding and donations received to feed the community.