Africa made a
great impression on Baden-Powell. He loved the continent and its people.
During his army career he made a study of the local languages and
as a result got to know the people well.
Many people talk
about Africa as a country rather than a continent. This is like calling
us Europeans and thinking the United Kingdom is the same as Greece
or Norway! Africa consists of over 40 countries, each with its separate
Most of the names
of the countries in Africa are hidden in the wordsquare
See how many of the 35 countries listed the Cub Scouts can find. Note
this is a pdf document for which you will need a copy of Adobe Acrobat.
Uganda is situated in East Africa and is completely landlocked. Most
of the country is a plateau about 1,200m above sea level. Kampala is
the capital city with a population of around 500,000. British Airways
and Sabena Airlines operate internationally from Entebbe airport with
regular flights to London which take eight and a half hours. Entebbe
is on the shores of Lake Victoria where watersports of all kinds take
place. There are also some botanical gardens in Entebbe.
Uganda is divided into seven regions and in each region
there are a number of districts.
Uganda covers an area of 241,139 sq km of which 39,459
sq km are swampland and water. 90°/, of the population live in the
countryside on family farms called shambas. People usuallv farm four
to five acres in the coffee growing areas and between eight and nine
acres in the cotton areas.
The young Winston Churchill called Uganda the loveliest
area in Africa and one of the most striking in the world.
Look at the maps of Uganda
and the United Kingdom. Download
maps of Uganda and the UK.
The highest point
in Uganda is Magharita Peak at 5,328m which is in the western region.
From a map of Uganda try and find the next three highest mountains.
The United Kingdom's highest mountain is Ben Nevis. How does this
compare with Uganda's highest point?
- Ask the Cub
Scouts to compare the size and population of Kampala with that of
London and Edinburgh. Think of some of the advantages and disadvantages
of living in a city and living in the countryside. Draw a poster
to advertise the advantages of each. Draw up a chart and identify
activities the Cub Scouts particularly enjoy. Use the results in
planning your next Pack holiday or outing. To help the Cub Scouts
find out where Uganda is situated, copy the outline map of Uganda
and also the surrounding countries onto thin card. (see pages 7
and 8) Have as many maps as there are Sixes.
- Cut out each
country separately and see if each Six can put the jigsaw together
correctly. Name the countries and mark in the capital Kampala and