Sep 08


My name is Sharmaine, and I am now a driven and passionate individual who embraces challenges. I joined Scouting in 2013 through our partnership with Keep The Dream 196, unaware of the profound impact it would have on my life. Initially, I thought Scouting was just about having fun, but it’s so much more – it’s about personal growth, learning, and making a difference.

Before Scouting, I struggled with socializing and self-expression. I wasn’t interested in education and lacked direction. However, through Scouting and Keep The Dream 196, my life transformed. I gained confidence, learned to stand up for myself, and developed valuable skills like leadership, creativity, and time management.

Scouting taught me the importance of helping others without expectation and overcoming very difficult challenges under pressure. I’ve learned to plan ahead and developed a strong sense of purpose. The support from Akela Louise, Akela Zabe, and Akela Nkulu has been instrumental in my growth. These ladies have mentored, mothered and supported me through difficult seasons such as the recent loss of my mother.

I’m proud to say that I have graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in teaching from the University of Limpopo in 2023 and I am currently working at Sedan Mbetana Primary School. I also serve on the Child Protection Committee for KTD196, representing the beneficiaries. I’m also honoured to be supporting a young Scout who has faced sexual abuse, using my experiences to make a positive impact.

In addition, I’ve taken on various leadership roles, including Regional Young Leaders Representative, Chairperson of the Rover Crew at the University of Limpopo, and Scouts South Africa Youth Influencer. I’ve completed my Warrant Training in Scouts and continue to serve as a Tutor and am the Regional Co-ordinator for Rovers who are the 18-30yr olds.

I’m grateful to Keep The Dream 196 for empowering me to find my voice and purpose. I’m proud to be part of their scouting program, together both organizations are changing lives and inspires others to make a difference.