THE KENYA SCOUTS ASSOCIATION
5 YEAR STRATEGIC PLAN (2013 -2017)
Kenya Scouts Association is established by an Act of Parliament Cap 219 of the Laws of Kenya is the largest youth organization in Kenya catering for young people between the ages 6-26 years with a membership of over 400,000 scouts and 25,000 adult leaders in 2013.
Kenya Scouts Association is an educational, voluntary, and non-political movement for young people open to all without distinction of origin, race, creed, tribe and gender. It is an Education for Peace! Our Vision is to create a better world through scouting activities while our Mission is to educate young people to play a constructive role in society. The Scouting Movement was started by Lord Baden Powell on 1st August 1907 in Brown Sea Island in England. In Kenya, the Scout Movement began in 1910 and the first troop was formed at St. John’s Church (C.M.S.) Pumwani on November 24.
The principles of Scouting are the laws and beliefs which represent an ideal, a vision of society and a code of conduct for all its members. They are in three categories: Duty to God, Duty to others and Duty to self.
The Kenya Scouts Association has grown to be a dynamic and the largest Youth Movement in Kenya today and continues moulding and impacting the lives of the young people in Kenya. It has maintained, improved and upgraded relevant structures and infrastructure so as to facilitate quality Scouting.
The Association aims at developing the youth at their formative ages so that they become responsible citizens through social, physical, intellectual and spiritual development.
Leaders respond to it directly by helping young people define their personal values and ethics as they act and then reflect upon their actions. This “action learning” is an unmatched way to enhance value development.
Scouting has stood the test of time. It’s therefore a worth venture.
• Instilling positive values such as belief in God and good citizenship
• Personal hygiene and general health
• Environmental protection.
• Avoidance of risky behaviour (i.e. campaign against smoking, drug abuse etc).
• Promotion of self-development
• Positive social attitudes i.e. thinking about others.
• Physical fitness and endurance
The youth phenomenon is very dynamic as it provides great challenges in meeting their ever changing needs and aspirations.
Scouting is a movement of the young people facilitated in their enjoyment of their programme by adults. The adults thus need to be selected prudently, empowered, motivated, appraised and recognized for their special efforts. For this to be achieved, programmes have to be put in place and resources harnessed in the best way possible.
The Association needs enough space in terms of campsites and training centre for activities of both the young people and the adults to take place. These sites need to be well managed so that they are not only self-sustaining but they are also income generating ventures for the association.
With advances in technology, KSA cannot be left behind, it is imperative that the Association embrace ICT in all operations.
It is also very important that modern security and safety systems and procedures are adopted so that all the property of the association is secured and the environment is made safe for the young people and all the adult leadership to carry out their activities.
All the things afore-mentioned cannot be achieved without putting in it large amounts of capital and human resources. KSA has to harness enough resources through prudent resource mobilization strategies and also through working with both local and international partners. Similarly, it has to enhance its corporate image through good publicity and effective internal and external communication strategies.
Finally, all its financial resources must be managed well by adopting the most modern and efficient financial systems and practices.
KEY PRIORITY AREAS (KEY OBJECTIVES)
To realize its dream for KSA, the Management and Strategic Planning Committee has identified ten key priority areas hereafter referred to as the ‘’key objectives’’.
- Human Resource
- Youth Programme
- Training and Development
- Campsites and Centres
- Resource Mobilization and Partnerships
- Ethics and Quality assurance
- Communications and Corporate Affairs
The Management and Strategic Planning Committee, jointly with all other stakeholders do commit that in the next five years (2013-2017), it hopes to deliver:
- a KSA that values, attracts, retains staff that is highly dedicated, expert and self driven;
- a KSA whose youth programme responds to the needs and aspirations of the youth;
- a KSA with sufficient, efficient, competent, dynamic, accountable and highly motivated adult leadership;
- a KSA with functional, modern and well managed income generating camping and training centre in all the counties;
- a KSA that has incorporated ICT in all operations and at all levels;
- a KSA that has adopted world class security and safety systems for its property and members;
- a KSA that is self-sustaining through optimized resource mobilization strategies;
- a KSA that emphasizes quality and ethical practices in All its operations;
- a KSA that has enhanced cooperate image through efficient, effective and well planned modern internal and external communication systems;
- A KSA that has embraced the most efficient and modern finance systems and practices.