The Kenya Scouts Association

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The Kenya Scouts Association is the national Scouting association of Kenya. Scouting was founded in British East Africa in 1910, and became a member of the World Organization of the Scout Movement in 1964. It has 262,106 members (as of 2004). The Africa Region of the World Organization of the Scout Movement has its main office in Nairobi, Kenya.


older variant of the Lion Scout rank badge

Scouting in Kenya focuses on urban and rural community development needs. Community service is required for the early rank advancement and includes hospital visits, blood donations, helping the aged, planting trees, adult literacy campaigns, road and bridge construction, first aid training, building schools and homes for the aged as well as many other projects. The conservation of nature is a major program emphasis. The senior conservation badge is a required badge in order to earn the highest rank, Lion Scout.

Age divisions

  • Sungura (Cubs) - 6-11 years
  • Chipukizi (Scouts) - 12-15 years
  • Mwamba (Senior Scouts) - 16-18 years
  • Rovers - 18-30 years


Baden-Powell] and his wife Olave visited Kenya in 1935 on the way to South Africa, and spent time in Nyeri, near Mount Kenya, where his former personal secretary Eric Sherbrooke Walker ran a hotel. They returned in 1937, and at the end of 1938, he and Olave retired to Paxtu cottage, built specially for them at Nyeri. Lord and Lady Baden-Powell lived there until his death there on January 8, 1941 and is buried at Nyeri. His gravestone bears a circle with a dot in the center, which is the trail sign for "I have gone home": I have gone home

Lady Baden-Powell moved back to England after his death, but is buried beside Lord Baden-Powell. Baden-Powell's Paxtu cottage, now a small museum, stands on the grounds of the Outspan Hotel. For years it served as a WAGGGS World Center.

In 1982, J.J.M. Nyagah was awarded the Bronze Wolf, the only distinction of the World Organization of the Scout Movement, awarded by the World Scout Committee for exceptional services to world Scouting.

See also

International Scouting units in Kenya

External links

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