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Scouting in Mpumalanga

There are 5 Districts within the Mpumalanga Area namely:

  1. East District ( around Nelspruit, White River and Barberton )
  2. West District ( around Witbank, Secunda and Middleburg)
  3. Inyamazane District ( the rural area to the East of Nelspruit)
  4. Nsikazi District ( the rural area to the East of White River and Hazyview)
  5. Nkomazi District ( the area along the borders of Mozambique and Swaziland)
  6. Hazyview District (the area between White River, Hazyview and the Kruger National Park)

Mpumalanga is a diverse province with both big cities and very poor rural areas. Scouting in Mpumalanga caters for the youth from all these different backgrounds.

There are community groups that are based in the cities as well as community rural groups based at churches and community centers. A large portion of the Scout groups in Mpumalanga are based at schools where educators of the schools are trained to be Scout leaders and the school supports the needs of the group.

The beauty of the Scout programme is that it is community based and owned and serves the needs of the particular community. Rural communities can therefore for example include service projects such as vegetable gardening and HIV/Aids education in their activities, and city groups can choose to take part in outdoor learning activities and adventures, exposing those children to experiences they would not normally find in the city. Scouting in Mpumalanga caters for all these needs.

Mpumalanga being the fabulous tourist destination that it is has also had the privilege of hosting touring Scout groups from many countries in the world. Very often these Scout groups have contributed in some way to the development of the Area by doing projects such as building showers at Scout halls, or helping to start vegetable gardens. Of course the possibility of International cultural exchanges makes Scouting very exciting for our youth who have very limited opportunity to travel themselves. These intercultural exchanges have also often resulted in re-exchanges where Scouts from South Africa can travel to Europe and the UK to experience Scouting there.

In February every year every member can join in the BP weekend camps and in September the Area hosts the annual Cub and Scout summer camps. Summer camp has grown from strength to strength over the years and includes an exciting and varied programme filled with the learning of new skills as well as a lot of fun.

The Area has an adult leader training team which provide a variety of training courses throughout the year, both on the basics of Scouting as well as advanced skills training such as first aid and camping.

Each District arranges District events throughout the year and these include activities such as Night Hike, Cooking Competition, Field Days, Cultural Days and theme camps as well as competition camps.

Scouting in Mpumalanga and in South Africa is exciting, modern and very active and there is something for everyone, from the Cub age, to the Scouts, to the Rovers and also the adults.

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