Scouts is a vibrant organisation with many activities on offer and a need for volunteers to help deliver. Not all of these activities are offered at Group level and we would like to not only ensure that our scouts are aware of opportunities and developments but also to help Scouts SA find volunteers to help it deliver the great scout activities that scouting is renowned for. This regular column will list these aspects as a summary of opportunities and positions in the last 3 months and also highlight some interesting articles on the Scouts SA website.
Badges and Challenges
Covid 19 Badge. To raise awareness of Covid 19, a Covid 19 badge is offered to all 4 branches of scouts (Meerkats, Cubs, Scouts and Rovers). More information is available here.
Hike to Mahikeng. To encourage everyone to get out and get exercise, a Hike to Mahikeng badge is offered to all members of scouting. Details on this badge are covered elsewhere in this edition of Smoke Signals but can also be found here.
Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). The World Organisation for Scouts (WOSM) of which Scouts SA is a member launched the Scouts 4 SDG Goals campaign to encourage scouts around the world to contribute towards reaching global sustainable development goals. There is a very substantial amount of information on these goals. You can get an introduction here and more detailed information on the 2020 requirements are found here.
Vacancy Chair: National Scout Programme. There is a vacancy for the Chair: National Scout Programme. The information for this role is: If you are passionate about delivering a quality Scouting programme to children aged 11 – 18 years of age, and have a thorough understanding of the socio – economic circumstances in which Scout Groups and Troops currently operate, then you are just the person we are looking for. View more information about the position here. To apply email firstname.lastname@example.org – subject line: Chair National Scout Programme. Closing date for applications 8th July 2020.
A Scout in Stellenbosch helped people commuting to and from work to sanitise.
Jula Wolf, a German volunteer and former ATS at 1st Claremont, and what it was like to come to South Africa as a scout volunteer.
Scouting for Schools and how scouting is providing role models.
How 6th Rondebosch Rovers organised a donations drive to help people in Site B in Khayelitsha
More stories can be found on the Scouts SA website.