Scouting contributes to the development of young people in achieving their full potential as individuals by developing their character, training them in citizenship and developing their spiritual, social, mental, and physical qualities.
It is where they develop new friendships, have amazing adventures and learn new skills such as leadership, teamwork, time management, organizational skills, first aid, wilderness survival, cooking, and many other useful practical skills. All this is done with the primary focus on having FUN!
During your scouting career you will be encouraged to go through various advancement levels by attending courses, activities and competitions. The top Scout award in South Africa is the Springbok award and, with hard work and dedication, any scout can achieve the goals set for this award.
Since 2018 the scouting movement has joined the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals with the programme “Scouts for SDGs”. This is an unprecedented mobilisation of the scouting movement towards contributing to achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals which the UN hopes to achieve by 2030 and which has been adopted by 193 countries.
1st Durbanville Scout Group: A short timeline
We start meeting in a garage on the property of a parent and formally register as a group in April 1956.
We lease a small property from the local municipality and develop the property and the group. During this period seven scouts achieve the Queen’s Award or the Chief Scout’s Award; precursors to the current Springbok Award.
The local municipality requests us to relinquish our property to the Lions Club and we are allocated an alternative property, namely, the old Durbanville Abattoir.