Scouting is a non-profit, non-political youth development movement which contributes to the education of young people through a programme of ‘learning by doing in small groups. It teaches a value system based on duty to God, duty to others and duty to self.
Scouting aims to build a better world where children who have been through the Scout programme by playing a constructive role in society.
It is the world’s largest independent voluntary youth movement with over 50 million members, youth and adults, male and female, in over 200 countries and territories.
Scouting offers youth programmes across a number of age groups, with the core group being 11 to 18 years.
The task of scouting is to donate to the education of young people through a value system based on the Scout Promise and Law to help build a better world where people are self-fulfilled as someone and play a constructive role in society.
The scouting programme provides opportunities for leadership and support to learn about the uniqueness of each individual and to appreciate diversity while developing constructive relationships with other young people and adults.
Scout troops meet on a weekly basis, during which time, through ‘learning by doing, they gain skills for life.
Scouts participate in camps and other longer outdoor activities, providing them with unique opportunities for personal development. They also undertake community service projects within their communities outside of normal meeting times, enhancing good citizenship.
The Gauteng Department of Social Development Project aims to establish and run a number of new Scout Groups across the province in areas that do not currently have Scouts.
The project includes setting up new Scout groups creating and running the weekly programme and other events and ensuring that the groups are integrated into the Districts of the Gauteng Region.
The focus of the Gauteng DSD Scouting project is the establishment of the Scout Troops for boys in line with the GDSD Boy Child Programmer’s focus on investing in the boys by empowering, inspiring, enabling and advancing them so as to reduce gender-based violence and address a plethora of societal issues.