Cub scouts clean up their neighbourhoods

From left, are Scouter Melanie van Zyl, Gabriel Loker, Paul McBride, Austin Loker, Tess Drummond, Max Dewarimez and Sixer Gabriella Goldman.

As part of this year’s nationwide Baden Powell Challenge, cub scouts from the 1st Camps Bay/Sea Point Group cleaned the streets, parks and beaches of the Atlantic Seaboard last month.

Baden Powell, the founder of scouts, is usually celebrated each year with exciting group activities. Due to Covid-19, this year cubs throughout the country honoured their organisation’s founder by cleaning their neighbourhoods.

Restrictions preventing scout meetings were lifted just in time for the cubs to gather at their hall in Camps Bay’s Little Glen to swap stories about their experience cleaning-up the area and compare the unusual things they found littering their suburbs. Cubs who collected large amounts of rubbish were awarded a special badge outside their hall in Camps Bay.

Gabriella Goldman, a 10-year-old who has been a cub scout for two years said: “We live in such a beautiful place, it is a shame people don’t take better care of it.”

Cub scouts don’t just pick-up rubbish and do other good deeds. The group of girls and boys aged seven to 10 have fun weekly meetings where they learn important skills and develop life-long friendships.

They play, sing and build. They discover and explore new places, plants, animals, cultures and technologies with an emphasis on helping the community and protecting nature.

Residents who are interested in joining 1st Camps Bay/Sea Point Cub Scouts (ages seven to 10) or scouts (ages 11 to 17) can visit www.1stcampsbay.co.za