About Scouting

1st Claremont Scout Group is the oldest established scout troop in South Africa and indeed in Africa. Founded on the 3rd March 1908 there are few troops in the world that are older than we are and even fewer that are still operational.

We are proud of our long history but it is who are are now that really counts. We are an active group of boys and girls that have an outdoor focus to our scouting. We subscribe to the traditional scouting values and firmly believe in the Scout Promise and the Laws but we are also forward looking and have no hesitation in engaging with technology and new ideas and adventures. We undertake many hikes and camps each year and are always looking for new places to go and experience.


We have an active cub pack which is for boy and girls from ages 7 to 11. Cubs meet on Friday evenings and learn discipline and new skills in a fun environment. No dull lectures for these youngsters!

Scouts is for youth from ages 11 – 18. Scouts engage in adventurous activities such as hiking, camping and pioneering. They learn life skills such as perseverance, communication and leadership, not by talks but by doing. Everything might not always be fun but it is always a memorable experience. Scouts meets on Thursday nights from 19h00 to 21h00 but the real fun and work happens over weekends.

Regular meetings happen at our hall at 17 Bowwood Road in Claremont. The hall provides the base for our activities but it is not the only place that we can go to. Scouts has several campsites in the Western Cape as well as a hut on the top of Table Mountain.

Above all, we subscribe to the concept laid down by Lord Baden-Powell, the founder of Scouts, that scouting must be fun and once it is no longer fun it is no longer scouting.

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