Africa Scout Day – 13 March
Following the resolution of the Council of Ministers of the then Organization of African Unity (OAU) – now African Union (AU), meeting in its Sixty-Second Ordinary Session in Addis Ababa, from 21st to 23rd June 1995, to set aside the 13th March as the Africa Scout Day, scouts and scouters throughout the region have been celebrating this day to take stock of the realizations Scouting in making this world of ours a better place.
It is also in this spirit that we are calling upon your respective NSOs to use the opportunity of this year Africa Scout Day (ASD) to showcase their achievements at ail levels, in accordance with the attached guidelines on how we can celebrate this day.
The theme of this year celebration is “Scouting: Developing youth and positively transforming society”. This is also in line with our strategic goal referred to above.
All Africa Scout Day Celebration – Manzini, Swaziland: 14-16 March 2014
In September 2010, the Africa Regional Scout Committee resolved to give the ASD celebration a regional outlook, by assigning an NSO to host the main celebration whereby Scouts and Scouters meet, along with their partners, to showcase their achievements and promote the “spirit of world kinship, cooperation and mutual assistance amongst Scout Organizations within the Region” (WOSM Constitution, Article XXI.1.A).
After the successful holding of the All ASD celebrations in Angola, Burundi and Ethiopia, in 2011, 2012 and 2013 respectively, this year All ASD celebration are going to be held in Manzini, Swaziland on 14-16 March 2014.
While the All ASD celebration is open to all scouts and scouters from all over Africa as well as to their partners from across the world, it is recommended that participants from outside Swaziland be at least 14-year old.
Those interested to take part in this celebration should duly fill the attached intent of attendance form and return to the coordinator of the event in the host country at firstname.lastname@example.org with copy to email@example.com.
Kindly note that most international flight connections to Swaziland (also known as the “Mountains Kingdom”) are through Johannesburg in South Africa. Participants from outside the Southern Africa countries may require a transit visa.
However, participation to this event in Manzini should in no way prevent your respective NSOs from organizing decent Africa Scout Day celebration in your respective countries.