Scouting, also known as the Scout Movement, is a worldwide
youth movement with the stated aim of supporting young people in their
physical, mental and spiritual development, so that they may play constructive
roles in society.
The South African Scout Association is a member of the World
Organization of the Scout Movement.
Cubs, Scouts and Rovers
The Association of is made up of three branches:
* Cubs: boys and
girls 7 to 10 years
* Scouts: boys and
girls 11 to 17
* Rovers: young
men and women from 18 to 30
Scouting is run in local Groups, which may be made up of
units for each branch, for example, a Cub Pack, a Scout Troop and a Rover Crew.
Groups are run by volunteer adult leaders as well as a parents committee. The
volunteer leaders, known as Scouters, run a programme of weekly meetings, camps
and other activities.
Scout groups form local Districts which are coordinated by a
volunteer District Commissioner and assistants, and may include a Local
The Association is divided into provinces. These are run by
a Provincial Commissioner and assistants, a Provincial Manager, and a small
number of paid staff.
The Chief Scout and Chief Scouts Commissioner are assisted
by several National Commissioners. The national headquarters consists of a
Chief Executive and a small number of paid staff.
The national headquarters and provincial headquarters
consist of a small number of paid staff.