IN­SIDE: CHURCH WEL­COMES IN­TER­NA­TIONAL SCOUTS-

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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.

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