Smoke Signals 2021 Second Edition

Quarter Two of 2021 has been busy – as the number of posts about exciting activities demonstrates! The level of engagement is wonderful to see – indeed our waiting list can’t keep up and we’re seeing demand for a new group in our area. In his SGL Update, our Group Leader shares some big news: we are planning to open a new scout group in Claremont. Please do read up on how to get involved!

1st Claremont launched our Meerkat den (ages 5 and 6) earlier this year and the enthusiasm of both the Meerkats and their parents has been great to see: both Meerkats and their parents were involved in the Scientist Interest badge – complete with volcanoes and octopuses – and our Meerkats have enjoyed a nature ramble, as well as some camping and hiking.

The scout troop have been busy with numerous activities from hiking to advancements like First Class camps – read about them here and here – and Leadership Development – read up about LDC1 and LDC2 here, as well as hiking competitions – we placed first in the Upton Shield and are proud of our scouts for their showing at the Rayner Trophy hiking competition. Scouts has an international dimension and even under COVID, the 8th Africa Scout Jamboree for senior scouts will go ahead online

Our cubs have also had a fun and busy time including hikes, fires and learning about flags and cultures. Two cubs earned their Leaping Wolf badge. Advancement is a feature of any cub pack and our cubs earned two badges during their Pirate Adventure. Several cubs – and a team of adult leaders – took part in the Western Cape’s Outdoorsman Badge day at Hawequas.

As always our Scout Group Leader shares his thoughts on activities across the 1st Claremont Group. And our Troop Scouter reflects on the benefits of scouting to the adults involved in the movement.

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