INSIDE: CHURCH WELCOMES INTERNATIONAL SCOUTS-
A COMMUNITY church in Bhisho is expecting “Les Scouts” from Brussels today who will be visiting and staying in the Eastern Cape until July 20.
Member of the Community Church Group Lunga Nqini said the main reason for the visit was that the Scouts would be building a Scouts community hall in Frankfurt.
“Their initial idea was to build a crèche for the community but they were denied permission by the municipality so they have decided to build a hall that will be used by the Scouts and community members,” Nqini said.
Member of the Les Scouts Simon de Meeûs said they had 11 members, ranging from 16 to 18 years old, and four supervisors of 22 to 24 years of age.
“The purpose of the project is to travel around the world, to meet people and to broaden our social experiences. In Belgium, Scouts usually go to “camp” – as we use to call it – during the month of July. The main rule of our scouts is to help one another,” De Meeûs said.
He said Scouting provided young people with opportunities to participate in programmes, events, activities and projects that contribute to their growth as active citizens. Through these initiatives, young people became agents of positive change who inspire others to take action.
“The first week will be for the project itself, followed by a week and a half where we visit the country and meet the population. During the last week, we can continue to visit the country with a more relaxed perspective.”
Nqini said that after they had completed building the hall, they were planning to show the visitors the rest of the province.
“Hopefully if there are enough funds, we are planning on showing our visitors the beautiful province which is the Eastern Cape,” Nqini said.