Seychelles Scout Association


Seychelles Scout Association

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name = Seychelles Scout Association


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headquarters = Victoria
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country = Seychelles
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f-date = 1927/1994
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members = 609
chiefscouttitle = Chief Scout
chiefscout = Shelton Jolicoeur
chiefscouttitle2 = Chief Commissioner
chiefscout2 = Bernard Elizabeth
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website = [http://www.seyscouts.org.sc seyscouts.org.sc]
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The Seychelles Scout Association (SSA) is the national Scouting organization of the Seychelles. Scouting in Seychelles was founded in 1927 and became a member of the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) in 2002. The association has 609 members (as of 2008).

History

Scouting in Seychelles started in 1927 as an overseas branch of The Scout Association (UK) and aimed mainly to British boys. Later it was opened to all boys. In 1977, Scouting was banned by the government of the now independent country.

The Scout movement was readmitted in 1994 and became a member of WOSM in 2002. Since 1998, the SSA is twinned to the "Greater London South West County" of the Scout Association (UK).

Program

Program sections

The association is divided in three age-groups:
* Cub Scouts (ages 7 to 11)
* Boy Scouts (ages 12 to 15)
* Rover Scouts (ages 16 to 20)

Scout Motto

As English and French are official languages of the Seychelles, the Scout Motto is "BePrepared" (English) and "Sois Prêt" (French).

Scout Promise

On my honour, I promise that I will do my best, to do my duty to God and to my country, to help other people and to keep the Scout Law.

Scout Law

* A Scout's honour is to be trusted.
* A Scout is loyal.
* A Scout's duty is to be useful and to help others.
* A Scout is a friend to all and a brother to every other Scout.
* A Scout is courteous.
* A Scout is a friend to animals.
* A Scout obeys orders of his parents, patrol leaders or Scoutmaster without question.
* A Scout smiles and whistles under all difficulties.
* A Scout is thrifty.
* A Scout is clean in thought, word and deed.

Organization

The association is headed by the Chief Scout and the Chief Commissioner. In 2007, Shelton Jolicoeur was elected Chief Scout, replacing Basil Soundy. Current Chief Commissioner is Bernard Elizabeth.

In 2008, the association consisted of 16 Scout troops which were organised in 4 areas:
* "Central Region"
* "Northern Region"
* "Praslin - La Digue"
* "Western Region"

Within the structures of WOSM, the Seychelles Scout Association is member of the Africa Scout Region. In July 2006, Rubina Marivonne Haroon, who was born in the Seychelles, was appointed Regional Director for the World Scout Bureau Africa Regional Office.

External links

* [http://www.glswscouts.org.uk/international/seychelles-project Seychelles Project of London Scouts]


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