Scouts serve ECDs at 100th anniversary

To celebrate 100 years of scouting in South Africa, the scouts are doing 100 projects at early childhood development (ECD) centres. Part of this was a safety training and fun event at Gordons Camp, Glencairn. Pictured are principals and teachers from Redhill creches as well as scouts, cubs and parents who helped.

This year marks 100 years of cubbing. One of the ways Scouts South Africa is celebrating this is through the 100 Early Childhood Development (ECD) community service projects.

Chief Scouter Sibusiso Vilane raised funds for these projects when he ran the Cologne marathon in partnership with Nangu Thina and the Umckaloabo Foundation.

1st Fish Hoek Sea Scouts, in conjunction with the City of Cape Town and councillor Patricia Franke, chose the three ECD centres in Redhill for their projects.

The projects range from supplying fire equipment and disaster management training, ventilation, flooring, roofing insulation and outdoor equipment maintenance.

For the past few Saturdays, cubs, scouts, scouters and parents have been busy and have already installed fans for ventilation and flooring at ECD centres and are busy with insulation and a wooden jungle gym.

On Saturday November 12, 1st Fish Hoek Sea Scouts in conjunction with the Fire and Rescue Emergency Services and Disaster Management volunteers hosted the ECDs at Gordon’s Camp in Glencairn for a day of emergency training.

The children learnt what do in a fire emergency, had the opportunity to work a fire hose and spent time playing games that the cubs normally play. Their parents also received training in disaster management and the ECD centres received fire equipment. The cubs, scouts, scouters and parents showed their scouting spirit to make sure that the children were safe, happy and fed.

Local businesses have also stepped up to support the Red Hill ECD projects and the 1st Fish Hoek Sea Scout troop would like to thank Florstore and Rodger’s Fruiters for their donations. The Handcraft Club is also making blankets to donate to the ECD centres and is requesting help to sew the squares together.

If you would like to help and support
the 1st Fish Hoek Sea Scout Red Hill ECD projects contact Mike Miles on 082 643 7728, mikemdts@gmail.com or Alistair Clacherty on 083 300 3719 or alistair@clacherty.co.za