SCOUTING IN ZIMBABWE
THE BOY SCOUT ASSOCIATION OF ZIMBABWE
Scouting in Zimbabwe started in 1909 when the first Boy Scout troop was registered in the former Rhodesia. The Scout movement grew quickly and in 1922 sent a large contingent to the World Jamboree.
The great popularity of the Boy Scout movement was mainly due to its outdoor program such as hiking, camping, cooking and pioneering which was unusual in the country. Additionally, the training and progressive badge system was targeted towards helping others, leading to responsible citizenship.
Because of the prevailing circumstances earlier in the century, a separate but equal movement was established for Africans called "Pathfinders". By the 1950ís the time was considered overdue to merge both movements into one Scout Association. With the achievement of independence in 1980, the Zimbabwe Boy Scout Association was then able to register directly with the World Scout Bureau (WOSM) and not through the United Kingdom, as in the past.
Since independence, Zimbabwe has been represented at every World Scout Jamboree.
Beavers- ages 5 to 7
Cub Scouts- ages 8 to 11
Boy Scouts- ages 12 to 17
Venturers- ages 15 to 18
Rovers- ages 18 to 25
Current membership is 15,000 in all sections.
I promise that I will do my best, to do my duty to God and my country, to help other people and to keep the Scout Law.
A Scout's honour is to be trusted
A Scout is loyal to his country, parents, employers, patrol leader and all those under him
A Scout's duty is to be useful and to help others
A Scout is a friend to all and a brother to every other Scout
A Scout is courteous
A Scout is a friend to animals
A Scout obeys orders of his parents, patrol leader, Scout leader and all those in authority
A Scout has courage and is cheerful in all difficulties
A Scout is thrifty
A Scout is clean in thought, word and deed
Information was obtained from the Boy Scout Association of Zimbabwe.
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Last updated on January 1, 1999