On 3rd March 2019 the 10 FoASF community scouts traveled to Ol Pejeta Conservancy to conduct a 20-day training.
On arrival the scouts commenced with a brief induction and registration before they headed to their tailored safari camp, which was equipped with five two bed cottage tents, two bathrooms and toiletries, a mess tent with tables and chairs, a classroom for lectures, a power generator and three daily meals. Thank you, John Serem, with Wildlinks for facilitating this.
Training of the ten scouts commenced on 4th March with Daniel Mwaniki coordinating the course. Each day comprised of lectures, presentations, group work and practical field exposures. A vast number of topics were covered during the 20 days including basic fitness for two hours daily, arms and foot drills, bush craft skills, patrols techniques, outlines of relevant Acts (Kenyan laws), map reading, communication, first aid, care and management of wildlife and the Ol Pejeta conservation model.
Each scout was assessed to determine competence, attention/participation, individual effort and understanding of concepts taught. All the ten scouts were considered to be very well behaved, attentive, eager to learn, respectful and obedient. Three scouts were singled out for the outstanding performance during the training period. Team Blue leader Julius Mbitha scored the highest for drills and grooming, Team Red leader Joseph Kanundu lead in classwork and leadership and Moses Ngala excelled above all others receiving the best overall trainee award.
The scouts returned to the field for patrols on 29th March 2019 with enthusiasm and renewed determination having learnt a lot from Ol Pejeta’s expert and dedicated instructors.
Thank you to Ol Pejeta Conservancy, particularly the CEO Richard Vigne together with Samuel Mutisya and Daniel Mwaniki for facilitating this training and the skilled instructors involved, Simon Ewoi and Gedeon Kimaeli.