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The Ghana Scout Association

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Official Emblem of the Ghana Scout Association (GSA)
Scouts of the GSA Tutuka District on Facebook
Scouts of the GSA Bole District on Facebook

The Ghana Scout Association (GSA) is the national Scouting association of Ghana. Scouting was founded in the British Gold Coast Colony in 1912 and became a member of the World Organization of the Scout Movement in 1960. The association has 2,311 members as of 1998.

Scouts are involved in many community service projects. Most of these projects take place in rural areas where Scouts organize the people to assist in these projects. Some of these projects are the construction of health centers, schools and clean water. Scouts are also involved in farming, tree planting and helping to run plants that raise fish.

GSA Program Overview

The Ghana Scout Association is an international voluntary youth organization with her headquarters in Accra, Ghana. A member of the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) that operated through an Africa Regional Office in Nairobi, Kenya.[1]

The scout programme has four different levels based on ages, in increasing order they are;[2]

  • Cub Scout (6 – 10 years),
  • Scout (11 – 14 years),
  • Venture Scout (15 – 18 years)
  • Rover Scouts (19 – 22 years).

GSA Mission Statement

  • GSA SCOUT PROMISE: "I promise that i will do my best, to my Duty to God, to serve my country help other people and to keep the Scout Law"[3]
  • GSA SCOUT LAWS:[4]
    • A Scout is faithful and can be trusted
    • A Scout is useful and helpful
    • A Scout is friendly and considerate
    • A Scout is a brother to every other Scout
    • A Scout is kind to animals and has reverence for all living things
    • A Scout is obedient
    • A Scout is courageous and Cheerful
    • A Scout makes good use of his time
    • A Scout takes care of his own possession and those of other people
    • A Scout is self-controlled in all he/she thinks, says and does
  • GSA Mission: The Mission of Scouting is to contribute to the education of young people, through a value system based on the Scout Promise and Law, to help build a better world where people are self-fulfilled as individuals and play a constructive role in society.[5]
  • GSA Vision: By 2023, the Ghana Scout Association will be the leading youth movement in Ghana with young people trained to create positive impact in their communities and the world as a whole grounded on the Scout values. As a global Movement, making a real contribution to creating a better world.

Principles of Scouting: The Scout Movement is based on the following principles.[6]

  1. Duty to God: Adhering to spiritual principle, loyalty to the religion that expresses them and acceptance of duties resulting therefrom.
  2. Duty to Others: Loyalty to ones country in harmony with the promotion of local, national or international peace, understanding and cooperation. Participation in the development of society with recognition and respect for the dignity of ones fellow man and for the integrity of the natural world.
  3. Duty to Self: Responsibility for the development of oneself.

Training Resources

The purpose of the Scout Movement is to contribute to the development of young people in achieving their full physical, intellectual, emotional, social and spiritual potentials as individuals, as responsible citizens and as members of their local, national and International communities.

BSA, WOSM and ScoutWiki have many free online scout training resources: Register for free online to get full training:

  • Recruitment Resources- how to attract and retain youth membership
  • Roundtable on Roundtables - monthly training seminar for scout leaders - now in-person and virtual formats
  • Patrol Leader Merit Badge Planning Guide - Activities for the Youth Lead Patrol - Working on Merit Badge Activities can be a fascinating youth adventure when done right. Here are a few tips to help the Patrol Leader get started.
  • Duty to God - International Duty to God Awards that all scouts can earn.
  • Aims and Methods of Scouting - All levels of the Scouting program share three specific objectives: Character development, Citizenship training, and Personal fitness.
  • Youth Protection Training - Safety of our youth is everyone's duty - parents and scout leaders. "BE PREPARED"
  • Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops (ILST) - The purpose of the ILST course is to teach Scouts with leadership positions about their new roles and how to most effectively reach success in that role. It is intended to help Scouts in leadership positions within their troop understand their responsibilities and to equip them with organizational and leadership skills to fulfill those responsibilities.
  • The Training Times - Archives of past BSA Training Newsletters:
  • Training QuickLinks - More training material.

GSA Scout Units

See also

References


Members of the Africa Scout Region
Full members: Angola | Benin | Botswana | Burkina Faso | Burundi | Cameroon | Cape Verde | Chad | Comoros | Democratic Republic of the Congo | Côte d'Ivoire | Ethiopia | Gabon | Gambia | Ghana | Guinea | Kenya | Lesotho | Liberia | Madagascar | Malawi | Mauritius | Mozambique | Namibia | Niger | Nigeria | Rwanda | Senegal | Seychelles | Sierra Leone | South Africa | Swaziland | Tanzania | Togo | Uganda | Zambia | Zimbabwe

Potential members: Central African Republic | Republic of the Congo | Djibouti | Equatorial Guinea | Eritrea | Guinea-Bissau | Mali | São Tomé e Príncipe | Somalia