Category:History and Heritage
The first Scout Troops in Africa were formed in Cape Town in 1908, the year after Baden Powell's Brownsea Island camp that started the worldwide Scout movement.
Scouting in the Western Cape
Scouting in the Western Cape is proud of its colourful history and in South Africa's significant role in the origins of Scouting.
The first Scout Troops in Africa were formed in Cape Town in 1908, the year after BP's Brownsea Island camp that started the worldwide Scout movement. The Western Cape therefore has a long and proud history of Scouting and the Gilwood Training and Heritage Centre showcases an amazing collection of scouting artefacts and memorabilia.
Western Cape Scout Heritage Centre
The Heritage Centre is maintained by a small team of volunteers who meet once a week at the centre tackling the on-going task of sorting and categorising the vast archives and updating the displays. Much of their work happens at home where documentation is scanned, photos and 'slides' digitized which are then collated and uploaded onto the Heritage Scoutwiki web site.
Exhibits include an impressive array of photos, uniforms, badges, scouting books, memorabilia, and miscellaneous artefacts that chronicle Western Cape Scouting since the inception of the organization. The exhibits highlight major Scouting events, camps, and both National and World Scouting Jamborees.
Our Library contains over 4000 books and is home to a wide collection of catalogued scouting of literature. A prized copy of the first scouting book written by BP and published in 1908, "Scouting for Boys" can also be found in the library.
The recorded history of Scouting is stored in the archives with publications like "The Scout" and the "The Scouter". Initially record keeping was done by newspaper cuttings pasted into scrapbooks and personal Logbooks. There is also a large collection of documents, photos and 'slides' covering events like local and overseas Jamborees to mention a few
We have kept a written record of many of the Scouting Leaders in South Africa.
- Chief Scouts of South Africa
- Robert Baden-Powell
- Mafeking and the origin of Scouting
- Of Bullets and Boys
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Pages in category ‘History and Heritage’
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