News from the Africa Scout Region
of the Africa Scout Summit
Participants attending the first African Scout Summit, held in Mafikeng, South Africa, from 5th to 11th May 2001, representing 16 Africa Scout Organisations/Association:
Recognised the necessity for a proactive youth programme that addresses the needs and aspirations of the youth in Africa in order to enable them to realize their full potential.
Declared that the Ten Year Development Plan of the Scout Movement in the region is a guide of action to be undertaken in realizing the mission of Scouting in Africa.
Appreciated that the Plan empowers Scouting to demonstrate and play its role as an educational movement of the youth capable of helping to solve crucial problems and calamities facing the African continent.
Consequently, the participants urged the 11th Africa Scout Conference in Gabon to adopt the plan and all National Scout Organizations/Associations to support it and obtain the necessary resources for its efficient and effective implementation.
Becomes a Friend of Mafikeng SCENE
When Scout representatives from the Africa Region came to the birth place of Scouting for the first Africa Scout Summit, they visited the Mafikeng Scout Centre of Excellence for Nature and Environment (SCENE). Ten of the delegates joined the Friends of Mafikeng SCENE and were awarded their certificates.
The Mafikeng SCENE, the only one in Africa Region so far, is part of a global network of SCENES that focus on community based sustainable development programmes for Scouts. Currently, there are SCENES in Switzerland, Columbia, Iceland, the U.S.A, Denmark, Australia, Turkey, the U.K., the Netherlands and South Africa.
"To realise our vision we require the support of friends around the world," said Ian Caunt, the Mafikeng SCENE manager.
Anyone interested in joining the Friends of Mafikeng SCENE should contact
The manager, Mafikeng SCENE Centre
Scouts from the North Kivu Scouts Association in the DRC joined forces with other volunteers in retrieving the bodies of more than one hundred people believed to have been aboard the private ship "M. Musaka" when it sank in Lake Kivu near Goma town in the night of Thursday 3 May 2001. Twelve of the thirty volunteer divers were Scouts. In addition, Scouts took charge of security on the quay to prevent onlookers from getting too close to the disaster scene , which could have caused another accident.
Recently there was a spate of serious mountain fires around Cape Town and a
call went out for volunteers to help fight the blaze. A patrol of Scouts and
their leader answered the call and worked throughout the night assisting firemen
in bringing the blaze under control. Well done - 1st Pinelands Group!
In Africa Region
The Africa Regional Office is collecting information with regard to Sea Scouting in Africa. National Scout Associations/Organisations in Africa are requested to send all relevant details (number of troops, number of Scouts, sea scout centres etc) to Winston Adams.
In the Region
HOST: Federation of Gabonese Scouting
VENUE: Lycée Technique National OMAR BONGO in Libreville
DATE: 3rd to 7th September 2001
Participants should send back their registration forms for the conference to
Africa Regional office.
Travel and accommodation details can be obtained from
Nguema Biteghe Edmond Hock
Secretary General of the Gabonese Scout Federation