Smoke Signals – Fourth Edition 2019

The final quarter of 2019 has been a busy one, with the highlight being the awarding of the prestigious Wood Badge to three of the troop scouters. Both Ian Webb and David Knight are second generation recipients — Ian’s scarf (previously awarded to his father) was awarded to him by his father and David’s was awarded to him by his mother, with both the scarf and beads previously belonging to his late father!

Hiking is a key activity for any land scout troop and this quarter saw 1st Claremont up and about on the mountains, both near and far. Read up on Boesmanskloof from a scout’s perspective (and see the Boesmanskloof photo essay) here. The scouts were fortunate enough to do the Orange Kloof hike (photos here), for many a once in a lifetime hike. The Cubs also did some hiking – up and down the mountain via some of the historical, scenic landmarks.

We are fortunate here in Cape Town to often host scouts from other parts of the world and here Jula shares her thoughts on Scouting in South Africa. Jula and a number of other Rovers were fortunate enough to attend the Scout Warrant Course at Hawequas. Some of the scouts attended an Orienteering Course – an energetic and skills based outing.

Key for senior scouts is developing their leadership skills, and with four of our senior scouts aiming for Springbok, opportunities to display leadership skills have abounded. Read here about how scouts is all about understanding, learning and daring for one of our seniors, and how another scout describes the impact that scouts has had on her life in a talk she gave about being a scout at her school. The Cub Pack has had a busy term 4 with numerous fun, well-attended event. A real hight was the Cubs camp in Elgin which focused on ‘Exploring Africa’.

The Committee quietly continues to support the Group in the background and shares developments and plans for 2020. Finally, as we come to the end of 2109, planning for 2020 has already begun! Read up about how 2020 promises to be an even more eventful and successful scouting year for the 1st Caremont Scout troop and cub pack.

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