Are you in search of a kids' activity that will promote your child's mental, social, and physical development? How about the Scouts? The first Scouts organisation was founded in England as a way to teach boys survival skills, hard work, and comradeship. The first New Zealand Boy Scout camp was started in 1908, and Scouts New Zealand is now a national movement that includes both boys and girls , providing camps and activities for children of all ages.
Information on scouts for kids in South Africa
Will Your Kids Enjoy the Scouts?
Whether your child is a nature lover, sports fanatic, science geek, adventurer, or social butterfly, Scouts could be for them! Scout groups are available throughout the country for boys and girls aged 6 - 25, so no matter where you live there is likely to be one in your area.
Scout can improve and foster your child's:
- Survival skills
- Knowledge of nature and the outdoors
- Health and fitness
- Teamwork skills
- Values and morals
Scouts members work towards badges of achievement in a number of different areas at their own pace. They receive a patch or emblem which is sewn on to their uniform each time they reach a new skill level. Due to the non-competitive ethos of Scouts, it can be a great activity for kids with additional needs or quieter personalities. At the same time there is plenty of opportunity to take part in different kids activities and leadership roles within Scouts, so confident kids will excel. No matter what your kid's personality or level of development, joining the Scouts might help them find their niche and make friends.
Find a Scouts club for your kid
Scouts have a number of programmes and activities for kids of different ages. Here is a list of the different options:
- Keas Scouts (for kids 6 to 8)
- Cub Scouts (for kids 7.5 to 11)
- Scouts (for kids 10.5 to 15)
- Venturer Scouts (for kids 14.5 to 17.5)
- Rovers (for kids 17.5 to 25)
You can start your child in Scouts from age six. Costs are usually fairly minimal and usually take the form of a yearly subscription. Uniform costs are additional and you will need to purchase a shirt, scarf, and woggle for your child. To find out whether there is a Scout group in your area, check out our ActiveActivities directory or the Scouts South Africa website.