Kingsway High School matric pupil, Kelly-Ann Heath (18) has been awarded Springbok colours for Scouts. The Springbok Scout is the highest award in South African Scouting. The Kingsway High pupil is one of only 13 Scouts in KZN to have achieved this award in 2017 and one of only seven so far this year.
As Scouts progress towards their Springbok colours, they have to plan and execute a camp, various activities, a hike, construction and service project, a discussion and earn badges in a variety of categories including the compulsory first aid, mapping and backwoodsman, and a choice from an approved list.
Kelly-Ann chose to do guide, handyman and scribe, and she had to do a lot of work to achieve this top award. All her projects for her Springbok colours were successful. These included a Springbok camp at Dulwich Farm, a ‘proudly South African meal’ which she hosted, a Swinging Derek construction project, a discussion on mutual respect, focussing on religion in scouting, a community service project at Mother of Peace where she painted murals, and finally a hike to Spectacle Cave.
Once Kelly-Ann had completed all the requirements for the top award, she had to present herself at a district interview, followed by a regional panel interview to present the logbooks for the discussion and evaluation. These were all evaluated against a strict set of guidelines to determine whether she was indeed worthy of the award.
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She had to answer questions on the understanding of scouting as an education for life, how scouting developed her spiritually, mentally, socially and physically, the challenges and how she overcame those while working towards the award and a myriad others that assessed her ability.
This award was no easy feat and it took a lot of planning, time management, commitment and dedication over and above her school and extra-mural commitments.