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The South Africa Scout Association

The Movement in South Africa began as spontaneously as it did in Britain and other parts of the world. Boys read Scouting for Boys, and Patrols and Troops were started. Scout Troops were formed as early as 1908, and there are Scout Groups in South Africa that can claim an unbroken record from those early days. It soon became necessary to provide some form of local co-ordination.

Some historyBetween 1912 and 1916 Provincial Councils of the Boy Scouts Association were formed in South Africa. These Councils were directly responsible to Scout Headquarters in London and had no direct contact with one another. In 1922, the first Union Scout Council was formed to provide a common national control on an advisory basis. Six years later, the Union Scout Council adopted a constitution which gave it the power to perform the functions of Imperial Scout Headquarters.
In 1929, a separate Pathfinder Council was formed for African Scouts under the control of the South African Scout Council.

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Western Cape Scouts HQ and shop

The western Cape Scouts HQ and shop are situated in Goodwood, Cape Town. This is the hub of Scouting in the Western Cape and is responsible for all administration, the website, supply of equipment, uniforms and badges (achievement badges can only be collected by Scouters with appropriate supporting documentation). 

Office/Shop Hours

Monday to Thursday – 08:30 to 16:00

Friday – 08:30 to 14:30

Saturday – 09:00 to 11:30



Tel - 021 5916842 / 5916843
Fax - 021 591 6849

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Western Cape Headquarters website: www.scouting.org.za/westerncape

Shop website: www.scouting.org.za/westerncape/shop/


Physical Postal GPS coordinates

Western Cape Scout Headquarters

Milton Road


Cape Town

PO Box 25






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The Lay Member in the Scout Movement

Scout parent jokeLay members, both men and women, have a large part to play in Scouting. They have made a tremendous contribution in the past and we are sure that they will continue to make their contribution in the future. There are many avenues through which the lay member can assist, according to the time he/she is prepared to give.



  • Parents or guardians of Cubs and Scouts are automatically entitled to membership of the Parents' Association of the Group to which their boys belong. This carries no obligation other than that of demonstrating their interest by attending various functions to which they are invited.
  • Showing an active interest in what their own sons or daughters are doing, giving them encouragement to progress and, where practicable, offering active assistance in what they are doing. This carries no obligation other than those imposed by the privilege of being a parent.
  • Service as an instructor and/or examiner, or as a counsellor in the subjects of their profession, trade or hobby. This carries only the obligation to be aware of the requirements required for the particular subjects which they are willing to deal with; and to make themselves available, at their own convenience, to the candidate at comparatively infrequent intervals.
  • Assisting a Commissioner or Scouter. This might involve keeping the records for a Branch or Group Scouter, or for a District Commissioner. Since this is a task which can be carried out at the convenience of the lay member, it does not impose a heavy obligation.
  • Serving on one of the committees at Group, District, Regional or Area level. These committees make a large contribution to Scouting by supervising its financial and administrative requirements, leaving the Scouters free to guide the Scouts. This, of course, carries a more sustained obligation than the avenues previously suggested. The committees providing lay assistance (referred to above) are as follows:

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