Thursday, September 2, 2010

A Different Kind of Homecoming

Today, for most, started with waking up to the beautiful African sunrise as they still lay in the field where they slept. For the rest, it was the wake up call by Bernie that started their day. Either way, it was the first time all of us were able to view the SCENE Centre in Mafikeng in the day light. The centre has so much to offer the scouts of South Africa, it is too bad that we will be here for such a short time.

After breakfast and a brief tour of the centre, we set off into Mafikeng, to the local museum. This adventure to Mafikeng is ultimately like a homecoming for any Scout. This is where BP started Scouting and something that all of us are incredible thankful for. The museum was full of the interesting history of the town, the start of Scouting and even included some writings by BP himself.

After the museum we headed to the Mafikeng Game Reserve. Here we saw many different animals including wild boars, giraffe and rhinos. The difference between this reserve and the last was definitely how close we were able to be to the rhino, which made for some perfect photo opportunities. After the safari we hit the road for Pilanesburg, which proved to be quite the drive, and then went straight to bed to be well rested for our day tomorrow.

Yours in Scouting,
Bruce Hunter

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