SMSJ Scouts is a service offered to children in grades 3 to 8 that is held twice a month and runs every year from the beginning of September, where the Annual Ceremony is held, until the end of June, concluding the year with an amazing overnight camp.
Our mission in SMSJ scouts is to teach our children Christian values and life skills in a spiritual and fun environment. The children are exposed to experiences, activities and educational lessons that teach them values and skills they can use at every stage of their life in the church, community, and country.
The scouts are taught the Scout Law, which is a list of qualities a true Christian scout must acquire. Our activities are structured to teach the children these values and in helping them apply it in their daily lives whether at home, in school or at church.
The Scout Law states “A scout must be trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent”.
Through a variety of different activities, children are taught different life skills, from learning to bake, create art, working together as a team and learning first aid, to understanding the importance of physical activity, outdoor exploration (canoeing, hiking, cycling), and community service.
To help encourage and engage the children, SMSJ scouts has an awarding system that allows the children to earn badges. A badge is earned only after the scout independently completes designated assignments specific to a value or a skill they were taught.