Age: 11 to 17 | Motto: Be Prepared
This is the core of Scouting! Being a Scout teaches young people to be independent, to take responsibility, to protect the environment, to contribute to their communities and to be prepared for life.
This is achieved through various levels of advancement, Interest badges, Scoutcraft badges and Challenge Awards. The Scout Trail will lead a scout through the Traveller, Discoverer and First Class advancement levels; culminating in the pinnacle of a scouting career, namely, the Springbok award. The programme covers a wide range of activities, including hiking, sailing, flying, camping, orienteering, canoeing and much more. It teaches personal and interpersonal skills like problem-solving, independent thinking, wilderness survival techniques, leadership and teamwork. In essence, it develops the youth of today into the leaders of tomorrow.
A Scout Troop is led by the Court of Honour (COH), which is made up of the youth Patrol Leaders in the Troop plus the adult Troop Scouter (TS). The COH determines, with occasional guidance from the TS, what the troop wishes to achieve, the composition of teams that need to be entered into competitions, the advancements they wish to achieve within their patrols, and much more. The other adult helpers in the troop, the Assistant Troop Scouters (ATS), design and run programmes which facilitate what the Scouts wish to achieve.
Also refer to Scouts Wiki