While we are not allowed to meet as a troop/pack/crew under Level 3 lockdown restrictions, scouting continues. With Level 3 comes the ability to get into the open but not as organised groups. With this in mind, Scouts SA encourages families to get out and get some exercise. With this in mind they have put together the “Hike to Mahikeng” award which lasts until the end of July.
All scouts, cubs, rovers and their parents are encouraged to get some exercise and let us know how far your hiked, walked or ran. The official text is reproduced below:
“Baden Powell travelled 1290 km from the then Cape Town Province to Mahikeng. Whilst on lockdown during the Siege of Mahikeng, the seed of Scouting was planted.
Globally we have all been experiencing various forms of lockdown. However as Scouts we all understand and appreciate the benefits of some fresh air, exercise and a change of scenery.
So, SCOUTS South Africa challenges all Meerkats, Cubs, Scouts, Rovers, adults and parents to get up, get moving and “step” into BP’s footsteps by “virtually” making your way along the historical trail he followed. Join the global #HikeToMahikeng!
Hike in total 20km over the next 6 weeks within your home, garden or neighbourhood (under 7 year olds hike 10kms.) Complete your portion of the journey before World Scout Scarf Day (1 August) to earn a #HikeToMahikeng badge. A Scout Group whose members cumulatively achieve the complete distance of 1290kms will receive a digital commemorative certificate from SCOUTS South Africa.
Be sure to be seen by wearing your purple Scouting wear. Encourage others to hike along by posting your action shots with #HiketoMahikeng on social media!
Once completed, Scouters may purchase the badges @10 rand each at firstname.lastname@example.org and indicate whether the Group completed the full distance. Proceeds from the badge sales will go towards sustaining Scouting throughout South Africa.
Your honour will be your word!
Chief Scout of South Africa”
We will be posting updates on our Hike to Mahikeng page on this site on a weekly basis to see if we can get to Mahikeng as a group. If you exercise please email email@example.com with your distance and we will add it to the total. To date we have hiked 293 kms, leaving us just under 1000kms to go in 6 weeks.