Young adults and children learn life skills


The Bryanston-based 1st Peter Place Scout Group held a group camp Feb. 25-27.

Children and young adults camped at Delta Park learning some of life’s key lessons including leadership skills, teamwork, self-motivation, commitment, perseverance, environmental and cultural awareness and strong values.

Members of the 1st Peter Place Scout Group in Delta Park for group camp. Photo: Phathu Luvhengo

Scout group leader Delza Heering said Scouting changes lives and helps children and young adults reach their full potential. She said their members learn life skills while having fun and learning by doing.
“Positive peer pressure and outdoor activities all contribute to individuals growing up believing that they can and do change the world to leave it a better place than the one they found it in,” said she declared.

Cub leader Jason Abbots teaches kids how to set up a camping tent. Photo: Phathu Luvhengo

Their programs and projects offer a wide range of activities to choose from. Several challenges contribute to their growth and advancement through Scouting programs and others are specifically designed to appeal to their interests.
The children and young adults were divided into four groups, including the meerkats for children aged five to six, the cubs for children aged seven to 10, the scouts for children aged 11 to 17 and the Rovers for young adults aged 18 to 30. years.

The group members set up the carousel at camp. Photo: Phathu Luvhengo

“Being a Scout teaches you to be independent, take responsibility, protect your environment, contribute to your community, and set yourself up for success,” Delza said.

Shayla Heering and Darlene Frost joined the Scouting movement when they were young. Photo: Phathu Luvhengo

Shayla Heering and Darlene Frost, who have been part of the movement since they were young, said they learned fundamental lessons about life.
“I feel like I can accomplish anything. Discipline and respect are some of the many lessons we learn here,” Shayla said.
“I learned to be flexible in planning. Be innovative and think outside the box to solve problems,” Frost said.

Ivy Selepe, Margie Wright with some of the children who are part of the meerkats group. Photo: Phathu Luvhengo

The children enjoyed many activities including setting up a merry-go-round, hiking, running, and cooking their own meal.

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