About Cubs and Scouting
Scouting and Cubs in South Africa is part of the worldwide organisation of the Scout Movement. Randburg 1st also has a junior category called Meerkats which is based on the same principles but aimed at a younger age group.
The branches are therefore:
- Meerkats: boys and girls 5 to 7 years
- Cubs: boys and girls 7 to 10 years
- Scouts: boys and girls 11 to 17
- Rovers: young men and women from 18 to 30
The skills taught and values instilled by the Scout Movement is as relevant today as it was 1907 when Robert Baden-Powell started teaching young boys basic Army Scout skills. Community involvement is encouraged and the children benefit from social interaction with their peers in a fun learning environment.
"The international Scout movement is a world leader in youth education, and has particular relevance to the needs of youth in Africa and the emerging democracies around the globe.
I am pleased with the progress of Scouting in South Africa, and in the steps which are now being taken to make the programme accessible to more young people. The importance of a high moral code, which is at the foundation of the Scout movement, cannot be stressed too highly."
Nelson R. Mandela
Patron of the South African Scout Association