Cub Scouts visit and volunteer at Lismore botanic gardens
WHAT'S yellow and blue, very noisy and likes to help other people? A Cub Scout!
A week or so ago, just over a dozen of the 1st Lismore Cub Scouts had their evening meeting at the Lismore Rainforest Botanic Gardens and helped out with the moving and spreading of many bales of in preparation for a simmering summer.
To meet them there was Geoff Walker of the Friends of the Gardens volunteer group, who himself was a Wolf Cub and Scout.
Along with some of the Gardens volunteers, four 1st Lismore leaders and Cubs' parents were present.
Geoff led the Cubs around the gardens, pointing out many plants of interest and especially those used by the Bundjalung peoples.
"I liked the one that smelled like licorice, but not the one that's good for sore teeth," Cub Scout Petar said.
"The Hoop Pine Forest was really cool and dark," William, another Cub Scout, said.
When asked what he gained from his time as a Wolf Cub, Geoff said "scouting gave me a love of the bush, a love of nature, and it's wonderful to see these young Cubs here ready to help others, and themselves learn about the value of nature in their lives".
"The Garden is a way of educating about the rainforest and also showcasing and preserving rare species.
"I hope it can be a place for children to immerse themselves in nature and develop a love for it as I did," Geoff said.
Parent helper Dan, a school counsellor, said: "We love Cub Scouts - Eden's learning practical skills that he just doesn't get elsewhere.
"He's making connections in the community and has a whole new group of friends.
"We've found it's been really good for his self-confidence, and it's just a whole lot of fun."
Cub Scouts meets at the Lismore Scout hall in Magellan St at 5.50pm on Tuesdays, during the school term.