Dear Scouts, Scouters and Parents
In the coming years there are 4 major events that will be here before you know it. This mails purpose is to highlight those events, give you fair warning and give you a background to the events. Please note that 3 of the 4 will be age specific (based on the day before the event start).
Gilten PLTU (Patrol Leader Training Unit) is a leadership and skills training course run in Gauteng for Patrol Leaders with Adventurer and 15 years of age. This event is 10 days long and is run in December or January every year. Unlike other events in this mail, we can only send 4 scouts a year and they must be recommended by the Troop C.O.H. The cost for the course is currently R1500. There are no scheduled increases at the moment. PLTU is run and hosted at Gilwell, Florida.
Senior Scout Adventure (Cederberg)
Senior Scout Adventure is a 10 day hike/adventure normally hosted in the Cederberg Mountain range in the Northern and Western Cape. This is an international event run every 2 years. The next Cederberg is in December 2012. The hike consists of +- 150km of hiking and different base/skill every day. The bases can be anything from rock climbing, marksmanship, diving, Dutch oven, electronics, parasailing, flying, ecology and gold panning. The last Cederberg was R2400 for hiking participants. To attend Cederberg you need to be 15 and hold First Class. As a troop we normally drive down in convoy as it adds to the experience.
San-Jamb (South African National Jamboree)
The first South African National Jamboree in 10 years will be hosted in the freestate in December 2013. The camp is 10 days long and will host scouts from different countries. During the camp the scouts will cook, partake, sleep and live with other scouts from south africa and other countries. Each day will be a new one with different activities. The current estimated costs of San-Jamb is R2500 per scout. Scouts aged 11years and up will be allowed to go on San-Jamb.
23rd World Scouts Jamboree
The 23rd World Scout Jamboree will be hosted by Japan and will feature 2 weeks of a never to be repeated adventure of a life time. The scouts will be camping in ‘troops’ made up of scouts from South africa. The WSJ is the largest youth event in the world with 42000 scouts camping at once from around the world. The South african contingient that goes will most likely have a pretour of a neighbouring country for a wekk before the event. The estimated cost for the 23rd WSJ is +- R35000 per scout. The WSJ will be in June/ July/ August 2015. Scouts that wish to go will need to have First Class and be 15 years old before the event. Scouts over the age of 18 wont miss out as they can go as an internation Service team member and run the activities for the scouts.