Camping is a big part of our programme, all the scouts attend our annual troop camps which have been held in Hermanus, Theewaters Kloof Dam and Hawequas Scout Ranch in Wellington. While camping they cook their own meals on open fires and learn skills that they use at the various camping competitions held during the year.
Throughout the year the scouts participate in many competitions. Camping competitions held at Hawequas Scout Ranch in Wellington and Roberts Campsite in Glen Cairn are some of the competitions that 1st Bergvliet enters. The annual Kontiki raft building competition is one that we have won many times, the scouts construction building skills as well as their cooking skills are put to the test!
Hiking is very much a part of our programme at 1st Bergvliet.
We are very fortunate to have access to a hut on top of Table Mountain, the more senior scouts use this for their overnight stop on hikes towards their advancement levels.
Our troop attends the Cederberg Senior Scout Adventure that is held in the Cederberg mountains every two years.
This is a 10 day hiking adventure where the scouts participate in bases such as sailing, paint balling, pizza making, flying, parasailing and many more!
We are a Sea Scout Troop so our programme is therefore water orientated.
We are fortunate to have 3 saldanha dinghies at the Sea Scout Base in Sandvlei that we sail on a regular basis.
Sailing and rowing courses are offered throughout the year and these give the scouts the opportunity to learn to sail and how to handle the boat.
They can practice their sailing in one of the four regatta’s that are held every year.
1st Bergvliet has been involved in running a water table at the Two Oceans Marathon for many years!
All the cubs, scouts and their parents get up very early to set out water tables and cheer on the runners.
Both cub packs try and do service projects during the year! This winter they collected soup ingredients for a soup kitchen in Lavender Hill.
The cubs have also helped the recycling department at Bergvliet High School on Saturday mornings!
Pioneering involves building a structure out of poles and securing it with lashings.
The scouts build a 4m by 4m raft for the annual Kontiki Raft Building Competition and live on it for 24 hours.
If a scout chooses to do his Springbok badge he has to involve the troop in building a construction project, they can build a variety of structures including towers and bridges.
Water Sports
The scouts get an oppurtunity to participate in a variety of watersports, tubing and waterskiing on troop camps, canoeing adventures along the Stanford River, parasailing on the Cederberg Adventure and of course many oppurtunitues to sail!