Who are the Afghan Scouts?
The Afghan Scouts are a diverse group of ambitious and enthusiastic leaders and future leaders who have come together to create the Scouting Movement in Afghanistan. Our goals are to give Afghan boys and girls the tools they need to become happy, healthy and useful citizens, as well as the motivation they need to become leaders in their communities and create positive change in their country.
As of 2016 we have over 1800 youth registered as PARSA Afghan Scouts across 14 provinces:Kabul Parwan, Takhar, Balkh, Baghlan, Kapisa, Badakhshan, Nangarhar, Bamiyan, Ghor, Herat, Kunduz, Samangan, and Jowzan.
Check out the video below and then read on to learn more about the Scouting Movement in Afghanistan, our values, methods, and the codes by which we operate.
Afghan Scouting Means:
Education for Life:
Scouting complements learning experiences gained from school and family life and also provides opportunities not found in either. This is especially true in Afghanistan where family lives are often affected by conflict and public education is too often unavailable or underfunded. The Afghan Scouts focuses on instilling self-knowledge and the need to explore, to discover, and to thirst for knowledge and experiences. This sets our Afghan Scouts on the trail to becoming well-rounded adults who are able to think for themselves.
Fun with a Purpose:
Through recreation, Scouting achieves its purpose of helping young people develop physically, intellectually, emotionally, and socially. Scouting is about building confidence and self-esteem, learning leadership skills, team building, and of course fun and adventure! Scouts learn to make good choices, question their surroundings, and take responsibility for their actions. These skills are essential in the Afghan leaders of tomorrow.
In a country like Afghanistan where there are so few lines of connection to the outside world, the links made through Scouting are vital. There are Scout associations and branches in more than 216 countries around the world, with more than 40 million active Scouts. Links made with Scout troops around the world give our youth an understanding of what goes on beyond Afghanistan’s borders. And while Scouting is adapted to local needs and culture, its Purpose, Principles and Methods are the same worldwide.
The Scout Method
The goals of the Afghan Scouts are met through the same Scout Method that is used the world over. It is a system of progressive self-education through the elements:
Scout Promise & Law: Making a personal commitment
Learning by doing: Active participation with others. Opportunities for new experiences.
Team system: The small group system is the basic organizational structure in Scouting. Young people experience adventure and challenge in small teams composed of a team leader and roles for each team member.
Symbolic Framework: Provides a setting for Scouting; through the use of symbols, themes, stories, notions the young person’s imagination is stimulated and activities are given a purpose.
Personal Progression: This involves the development of knowledge, skills, attitudes in all areas and the development of the whole person as an individual and as a member of society.
Nature: Outdoor activities, adventures and the exploration of nature refer to the immense possibilities that the natural world offers for the development of the young person.
Adult support: Scouting is a partnership between the young person and the adult; the adult provides support for the young person in groups which become increasingly self-governing.
The Mission of Afghan Scouting
The mission of the Afghan Scout Movement is to contribute to the education and development of young people through a value system based on the Scout Promise and Law; to encourage the growth of self-esteem and fulfillment in individual Scouts; and to play a constructive role in the future of Afghanistan by developing strong leadership skills in Afghan youth.