Scouting in Uganda
is very different in many ways from Scouting in the United Kingdom.
Scout Groups are centred in schools in Uganda, with teachers taking
leadership roles. Scouts spend much of their time learning practical
life skills, which will benefit them in later life.
Troops often own
a small piece of land on which they can grow small amounts of crops.
This enables the Scouts to learn basic farming techniques, crop plantation
and land management. The crops which are grown are then sold and the
small profit which is made is put back into the Troop to assist in
funding for camps and other projects.
include fish farming, chicken rearing, bee keeping and carpentry.
Brick making is also a skill which is taught to Scouts. This then
enables them, when old enough to build their own homes.
All these skills
will benefit the individual but the Uganda Scouts Association see
their role as more than this, they are also actively involved in community
care is an area in which the Scout Movement is actively involved.
Scouts go out in to the community and teach local people about basic
hygiene, and help villages obtain safe water supplies by fencing pools
to prevent livestock drinking and using the same water source.
undertake community development work as part of their service at camps.
The Uganda Scouts
Association has taken up the theme 'Qualitative Scouting is Your Future'.
This will be developed by educating Scouts to be aware of the society
in which they live with a view to improving it. The Uganda Scouts
Association is banking on the children and young people because they
are the future of the country.
In addition to
teaching Scout craft and having fun,
seminars on particular subjects are conducted at camps. From village
level to national level Scouts compose songs, simple plays and poems
on AIDS awareness, immunisation and environment protection. All the
teaching and activities are done within the framework of the Scout
Law and the Promise.
Scouts are also encouraged
to become job makers, not job seekers.
In addition, as in the
United Kingdom, each Section has its own training programme.