The Scouting Movement is alive and well and Strubensvalley has its very own Group. Although the numbers in the Group are small – totalling four Cubs and six Scouts – it is a very lively and dedicated Group. Under the guidance of Group Scouter John Bolterman the Group has managed to remain active and has achieved some recent remarkable results in Scouting competitions.
Kontiki is a major scouting competition held annually where Scout Troops from around the Province congregate to test their survival skills. The aim of the competition is for each Troup to assemble a raft according to the chosen theme and then, to spend a full 24-hour period on the raft. Teams are judged on the safety of the raft, the manoeuvrability of the raft and the ability of the team to last the full 24-hour period. At this year’s Kontiki, held in Boksburg, a total of 45 Scout Troops participated and – despite being the smallest Troop – 1st Strubensvalley was placed 15th. This was an improvement over last year where the Troop was placed 54 out of 55.
More recently, the Scout Troop entered the West Rand Camping Competition. This event, which runs from the Friday night until the Sunday midday, includes various challenges in which the Troop has to assemble various equipment items such as a table, wash-stand and flag pole from gum poles, as well as cook and clean for themselves in a completely self-sufficient manner relying only on the members of their own Troop. Once again 1st Strubensvalley improved on its position from last year coming eighth out of 13 Troops compared to 16th out of 16.
John as the Group Scouter is assisted by three very capable Scouters, Michellene Munro and Anne Brookstone, who are responsible for the Scout Troop and, Darran Hilbig who is responsible for the Cub Pack. Darran has actively aided the boys and girls in the small Cub Pack in achieving many of their activity and interest badges. The Cub Pack welcomes boys and girls from the age of seven up to 11 years, while the Scout Troop is aimed at boys and girls from 11 up to 18 years of age. The aim of the Scouting movement is to give children a range of safety, first-aid and survival skills, as well as the necessary tools to interact with people from all levels of society.
If you would like your children to learn valuable life lessons and make friends in a fun way and you think Scouts might be right for you, you can contact John, Michellene, Anne, Darran or chairman of the parents association Mark Norris on the numbers listed below.