July 24, 2015

Our History

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For more than 25 years, Randpark Ridge Scout Group has been contributing to the development youths in the community.

Entrance sign to Randpark Ridge Scout GroupWhite Horse pack and troop were registered in 1978 with meetings held at Randpark primary school. It is thought that Bush Hill pack and troop started meeting in the early 1980’s. The Randpark Ridge Group was formed by the merger of White Horse and Bush Hill Scout Groups in the late 1980’s.

By the middle of that decade, both groups were looking for a permanent home and decided to combine their resources when the then Town Council of Randburg demarcated an area of land along Kelly Road for community use. A portion of this land was made available to the scout movement and thus the Randpark Ridge Scout Group was established in 1988.

The group had a scout hall built on this ground but it was destroyed by fire in July 1991. Fortunately, the building and contents were insured and thus a new hall (the present one) was constructed. It was officially opened in June 1992.

In 1998, the scout movement in South Africa changed its constitution to allow the admission of girls as cubs and scouts. Subsequently, the group established a girl scout troop in 2000 and also a mixed (boy and girl) cub pack was started. The group was now among the largest in the country with more than 130 cubs and scouts in 3 packs and 3 troops.

A girls only pack (Boskruin pack) ran for several months but its membership did not reach double figures and therefore it was merged with the Bush Hill pack.

A point to note is that the Group does not have a scarf; instead each troop has its own colours. The White Horse scarf is white with black edging; Bush Hill’s scarf is yellow with black edging; and the Adiero (formerly Randpark Ridge) scarf is blue with black edging. The short-lived Boskruin pack had a pink scarf with black edging. (hey, it was an all-girl pack!)

In May 2006, Bush Hill troop was closed due to a lack of uniformed scouters able to attend troop meetings on a regular basis. Most of the Bush Hill scouts transferred to White Horse troop.

Today the group comprises of:-

3 Troops : White Horse Troop (a boys only troop); Adiero Troop (a girls only troop) and Bush Hill Troop (a mixed troop (boys and girls)).

3 Packs : White Horse Pack (boys only pack) and 2 mixed (boys & girls) packs – Bush Hill Pack and Randpark Ridge Pack.