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This page contains details about SCOUTS South Africa’s Constitution, Rules and Policies. The actual policies may be found on Resources & Policies page of SCOUTS South Africa.

Constitution, Organisational Rules and Code of Conduct[edit]

The Constitution of Scouts South Africa[edit]

SCOUTS South Africa is governed by this Constitution as an independent, non-political, non-Governmental, non-profit and educational movement for boys, and girls and adults open to all without distinction of origin, race or creed, in accordance with the purpose, principles and method of the World Organisation of the Scout Movement conceived by the Founder Robert Baden-Powell. Aim

The Aim of SCOUTS South Africa is to contribute to the development of boys, girls and young adults in achieving their full potentials as individuals, as responsible citizens and as members of their local, national and international communities by:

  • Developing their character;
  • Training them in citizenship;
  • Developing their spiritual, social, intellectual and physical qualities.

Organisational Rules[edit]

SCOUTS South Africa is an independent, non-profit educational movement dedicated to fostering the development of young people in achieving their full potential as individuals and responsible citizens. Central to this programme is a continuous transference of values such as honesty, loyalty, responsibility, and respect, all aimed at governing individual behaviour and the development of strong leadership skills that will equip members to be of service to others and to their communities.

Members Code of Conduct[edit]

This Policy applies to all SCOUTS South Africa members – at all levels of the Organisation. Any breach may result in disciplinary action (including dismissal in some instances) and, in some cases, may lead to criminal prosecution.

A SSA (SCOUTS South Africa) member is a person who formally agrees to the conditions of membership as required under the SSA Constitution and OR (Organisational Rules).

SCOUTS South Africa’s Constitution and Organisational Rules regulate all aspects of volunteering in the Organisation. As a group working together, conflict situations may arise and in the interests of the organisation and the individual members, it is necessary to define, in clearer terms, the expected conduct and grievance procedures relating to volunteers hence the formulation of the Members’ Code of Conduct”.

Youth, Safety, and Child Protection[edit]

Child Protection[edit]

In an organisation that is for the youth, the safety and protection of the children is of the utmost importance. Relevant to Adult leaders and parents involved in one way or another in the Scout movement.

If you are an adult leader it is important you read the guidelines for ensuring the safety of the scouts or cubs in your stewardship is held in highest regard:

For scouts and cubs make sure you know your rights and what your part is in ensuring your own safety:

Youth Involvement[edit]

Scouting is a Movement of youth, supported by adults; it is not a Movement for the youth managed by adults. Scouting should provide a learning community of Youth and adults, working together in a partnership of enthusiasm and experience.

Youth Involvement is a fundamental element of the Scout method. The patrol system is not only a way of working in small groups, it is the basis of a system for involving Youth in decision making. The patrol system is a powerful tool.

“The patrol system is not one method in which Scouting must be carried on. It is the only method.” —Lord Baden-Powell, Scouting’s founder

Marketing and Branding[edit]

See more details about Marketing and Branding.

Groups and administrative policies[edit]

Finance, Fundraising and Administration Policy[edit]

The Scouting Movement in the Republic of South Africa is represented by a single legal entity, namely SCOUTS South Africa (SSA). All financial accounting and reporting (with the exception of the individual Scout Groups) will be consolidated in the name of SCOUTS South Africa (this will include all national and regional camps, events and training activities, other than those carried out by individual Scout Groups).

One Corporate Body[edit]

SSA is one corporate body and as such all the including individual Scout Groups, are subject to the Constitution, Organisation Rules and Policies and decisions of the committees set up to operate and administer Scouting in South Africa.

One Finance, Fundraising & Administration policy[edit]

There shall be one Finance, Fundraising and Administration policy applicable to both SSA and all its individual Scout Groups.

Property Policy[edit]

This policy governs all properties connected to SSA, both movable and immovable. It is to be read in conjunction with all other SSA policies and has been created in an effort to aid individual Scout groups and other organs of SSA.

Other policies and guidelines available at Scouts South Africa[edit]

  • Protection of Private Information (PoPI) Policy (2018)
  • Ceremonies: Regulations and Guidelines
  • Uniform Policy (2016)
  • Delegation of Authority Matrix
  • Retail Policy (2016)

International Policy[edit]

Scouting is a global Movement with more than thirty million Scouts in over 160 countries and territories. Being part of a global community creates many opportunities for SCOUTS South Africa and its individual members to participate in International events and activities.

This policy gives a broad outline of the world, regional and local organisation and deals with protocol of communication, visiting other countries, wearing of uniform and participation in the World Scout events as well as events organised by other National Scout Organisations. See also International Activities.

Social Partnership Agreements[edit]

See also[edit]