Eighty delegates from 30 countries have been attending the first African conference of the Scout Movement.
Eighty delegates from 30 countries have been attending the first African conference of the Scout Movement. The aim of the conference, which closed today (Monday), is to form a regional scout organisation south of the Sahara.
The Secretary-General of the Boy Scouts World Bureau, Dr. L. Nagy, of Switzerland, said that African scouting "should be authentic, modern and effective."
The conference took place under the chairmanship of the Senegalese Secretary of State for Youth and Sport, M. Lamine Diack Mr. Diack said African scouting needed to be practical and in line with the world movement. He said it should be a perfect combination of recreation and cultural activity.
The Scout Movement, founded early this century by the Englishman Robert Baden-Powell, numbers about ten million members in 87 countries.