What is Scouting?

What is Scouting?

Scouting is the largest international youth movement in the world with over 20 million scouts worldwide! The movement has being in existence for just on 100 years now.

The Aim of the South African Scout Association is to encourage the spiritual, mental, social and physical development of boys, girls and young adults in achieving their full potentials as individuals, as responsible citizens and as members of their local, national and international communities by:

* developing their character;
* training them in citizenship;
* developing their spiritual, social, mental and physical qualities

It is so hard to describe in words what Scouting is all about; the best way to find out is to come and visit us one Friday…

What is Air Scouting?

Scouting was founded by Lord Robert Baden-Powell in 1907 and is today both the largest and most successful youth movement in the world with over 28 million members.
2nd Kenridge is an Air Scout group but we cover all the normal scouting activities such as Camping, Hiking, Pioneering, Orienteering, First Aid, Outdoor Cooking and many more. We also try and incorporate air activities where we can. Unfortunately, this is an expensive exercise so we are not as active in the air as we would like.

Using the Patrol System we try to develop scouting skills as well as leadership, character and responsibility. The Advancement System is designed to challenge a scout as he grows older with scouting skills at different levels of proficiency. After completing each Advancement Badge he then begins the next until he completes his Springbok Badge. There are also many Interest badges which a scout can obtain. These are designed to recognise achievement in a variety of different fields.

Scout Terminology

National : The South African branch of the Worldwide Brotherhood of Scouting. The Chief Scout of SA is Vukile Mehana.
Region/Province (was Area) : The National association is divided into Regions (most aligning with the Provinces of South Africa). We belong to the Western Cape Region (still sometimes referred to Cape Western Area). Our Provincial Commissioner (PC) is Paddy Milner. Currently there are 78 scout troops in our province.
District : Each Province is divided into districts. We belong to the Kanonkop District.
Group : The 2nd Kenridge Group is made up of Cubs, Scouts, Rovers, Pack Scouters, Scouters, Scout Parents and a Committee of parent representatives.
Committee : Our committee is made up of cub and scout parent representatives.
Troop : A scout troop is made up of a number of patrols. Each is made up of between 5 and 8 scouts and is headed by a Patrol Leader, usually the oldest.
Pack : A cub pack is made up of a number of sixes. Each six is headed by a sixer.
Cub : Aged between 7.5 and 11 years old. The predecessor of a scout
Scout : Aged between 11 and 18 years old. A benefit to his community and those around him
Scouter : Adult leader. Over 18 and under 99, helps train scouts, organise activities, maintain websites….
Springbok Scout : A scout that has completed all 5 of the advancement levels in scouts. This is the highest achievement a scout can obtain and must be completed before the scout turns 18. Some of the requirements have to be passed off by area appointed inspectors to ensure standards are maintained. Have a look at all our past Springbok scouts.
Patrol System : A group of scouts organising and running their own activities. Headed by a Patrol Leader, each scout has his own tasks and responsibilities
Advancement System : Membership, Pathfinder, Adventurer, First Class, Explorer and finally the Springbok Award. Based on challenges/tasks increasing in difficulty along each of the 5 stages. The different tasks challenge the scout according to their age level and ability.
Court of Honour : Consists of the Patrol Leaders of the Troop, the Troop Leader (if the Troop has one) and the Troop Scouter. They form the governing body of the Troop by representing their Patrol and decide on activities, program and any discipline issues.
Scouts Own : A religious service to capture the spiritual dimension of Scouting
Orienteering : Working with a map and compass
Backwoods : The art of living off completely natural resources
Pioneering : Working with ropes and staves to construct scouting gadgets or structures such as rafts, gateways, tables, catapaults, trestles, etc.
Stave : A wooden pole used to build camp gadgets and structures
Lashing : Using ropes to tie two or more staves together