Tanzania Scouts Association
The Tanzania Scouts Association (TSA) is the national Scouting organization of Tanzania. Scouting in Tanzania was founded in 1917, and became a member of the World Organisation of the Scout Movement (WOSM) in 1963. The coeducational association has 91,057 members as of 2010.
Scouting entered Zanzibar in 1912 and later Tanganyika 1917 and the Scouting exists to date as a debonair organization with a positive role to play in preparing the young persons from the age of 5 years as Cub Scouts to the age of 35 years as Rover Scouts and well groomed for service to the community and the world and carrying the banner of Messenger of Peace “Creating a better World”. The Tanzania Scouts Association is one of the High Profile Organizations in the country. The Tanzania Scouts Association Centenary Celebration was July 2017.
The Scout Movement is an independent, voluntary, non-political educational movement for young people supported by Adults open to all without distinction of gender, origin, race or creed, in accordance with the purpose, principles and method of scouting.
Creating a Better World.
Educating young people to play a constructive role in Society
The Purpose of Scouting is to contribute to the development of young people in achieving their full physical, intellectual, social, spiritual, emotional and character potentials as individuals, as responsible citizens and as members of their local, national and international communities.
Membership of the Association is open to all people living in Tanzania who agrees to conform to the purpose, principles and method of the Scout Movement and pay a subscription fee as determined by The National Board and approved by The General Assembly from time to time.
Men and women who are not less than 18 years of age, who actively participate in the education of young people or in the management of the Association at group, District, Regional, National level, are registered and issued warrants or letters of appointment by the Association and has taken the Scout Promise. Adults appointed/ elected into non uniformed functions are not required to take the promise.
The Cub Scout Promise
“I promise that,I will do my best – To do my duty to God and my Nation; To help other people at all times; and To obey the Cub Law”. .
Na ahidi kwamba, nitajitahidi kadiri ya uwezo wangu, kutimiza wajibu wangu kwa Mungu naTaifa langu; kuwasaidia watu siku zote; Na kutii kanuni za kabu.
The Cub Scout Law
I. The Cub obeys his/her leaders.
II. The Cub does not despair.
The Scout Promise (for all other sections and for Adults)
On my honor,I promise that, I will do my best To do my duty to God and my Nation,To help other people at all times; and To obey the Scout Law.
Kwa yamini yangu, Naahidi kwamba, nitajitahidi kadiri ya uwezo wangu kutimiza wajibu wangu kwa Mungu naTaifa langu, kuwasaidia watu siku zote; na kutii kanuni za Skauti.Therefore, our choice is to act as educators, as supporters of our youth, and to work with all the citizens who believe in young people as real agents of a brilliant future for all Tanzanians and the world at large.
Our Strength lies in the fundamental Principles of Scouting found in the Scout promise and law. These principles are:
- Duty to God Adherence to spiritual principles, loyalty to the religion that expresses them and acceptance of the duties resulting there from.
- Duty to others Loyalty to one’s country in harmony with the promotion of local, national and international peace, understanding and co-operation. Participation in the development of society with recognition and respect for the dignity of humanity and for the integrity of the natural world.
- Duty to self which is individuals responsibility for self-development.
The purpose of the Association is to foster the Scout Movement throughout Tanzania by:
I. Contributing to the development of young people in achieving their full physical, intellectual, social and spiritual potentials as individuals, as responsible citizens and as members of their local, national and international communities.
II. Adhering to the principles and practices of the Scout Movement that are based on the Scout Promise and Laws voluntarily subscribed to by each individual member.
OUR SCOUTS SECTIONS
Age Section Name
6-11 yrs Cub Scouts
12-15yrs Junior Scouts
16-17 yrs Senior Scouts
18-26 yrs Rover Scouts
The Scout Movement
The Tanzania Scouts Association strives for integrity and diligence in performing its functions. The Association has uniformed members in two categories and non-uniformed members.
At The first category of uniformed members are in four sections;the Cub Scouts, Junior Scouts, Senior Scouts and Rover Scouts. The members of this category learn different skills through Scouting Method from adults.
The second uniformed category is the adults who are uniformed supporters of the young. Their age starts from 18 years and above and it would be those with previous experience in Scouting and wish to assist young Scouts in reaching their aspirations.
These uniformed members implement the Scout roles through Scout Method. All the Scout needs is to live under one Promise and Law.
The scout motto for all Scout sections
The Cub Scout Motto is "Do your best" (Jitahidi)
The Junior Scout Motto is “Be Prepared” (Uwe tayari)
The Senior Scout Motto is “Look wide” (Tafakari)
The Rover Motto is “Service” (Huduma)The Scout Law :
- A Scout’s honor is to be trusted.
- A Scout is loyal.
- A Scout’s duty is to be useful and to help others.
- A Scout is a friend to all, and a brother/sister to every other scout.
- A Scout is courteous.
- A Scout is kind to all creatures.
- A Scout is obedient.
- A Scout is always cheerful.
- A Scout is thrifty.
- A Scout is clean in thought, word and deed.