To start with I’d like to congratulate our Smoke Signals editors and contributors for earning 2nd place in the national HV Marsh competition for Scout journalism! Last year we were in 1st place and this year we were runners up to 6th Rondebosch. Well done to them as well.
The group keeps on growing and we now have 84 youth and 24 adult leaders, probably an all time record for 1st Claremont. Well done to 10 of those adults who have received warrants after completing training, and a highlight was having three cub dads being presented with their scarves as adult leaders by their cub daughters. We also welcomed back several of our 18 year old former scouts as adult leaders.
Being a leader at Meerkat, cub or scout level starts with a background check and an introductory training course to qualify for an 18 month warrant, extended to five years after attending a warrant training course. There are also a host of other courses for adult leaders such as mountain awareness, water awareness, Jungle Book, cub camping, and a level 3 accredited first aid course.
Our tenants have had a tough time during the pandemic, but this is gradually recovering and the hall is being better used by community groups this last year, with Karen signing up several new tenants and renewing others. We had a productive work party recently, and Pierre has worked hard on the hall and grounds maintenance, arranging new safety signage in the hall and repairing the gravel parking ramp, and has improvements lined up for exterior lighting, paving and drainage, if the budget allows! Meantime we recently received our first municipal bill since the land was subdivided in 2018, covering three years of backdated refuse and water – fortunately we were expecting this, although we underestimated the amount.
Subscriptions and donations
Thank you to all families who have paid their annual subscriptions, and especially to those who donated to the group appeal in a difficult year.
Nationally, Scouts South Africa is in a tough financial position, and I’d like to appeal to parents to support our Scout shop – their range of hoodies, t-shirts, caps, masks and buffs are popular with our Meerkats, Cubs and Scouts, make good gifts, and look great on parents as well! You can also make Scouts South Africa a beneficiary of your MySchool card.