North Coast youth head to Scouts Jamboree
WHEN most people were laying about after New Year's Eve, a local troop of 11 to 15-year-old scouts set off on a grand adventure from which lifelong memories were made.
Three buses departed on Friday night for Sydney filled with 120 North Coast scouts on their way to the 2016 Australian Scout Jamboree.
There they will mingle with 8500 scouts from around Australia for 12 days.
At Cataract Scout Park between Campbelltown and Wollongong they will try their hand at activities including canoeing, and obstacle course, black- smithing, woodwork and abseiling.
They'll also do their own cooking, and wash their own clothes in a bucket.
Personal electronic devices will be banned at the camp.
Local scouts Amber Clarke, 12, and Torin Veronesi and Jasper Fox, 13, have been fundraising for three years with the support of their scout groups to attend the Jamboree.
Lismore scout leader Anthony Boland said the Jamboree was about learning, enjoyment, and a healthy challenge.
"They learn to fend for themselves a bit more," Mr Boland said.
"It's about them enjoying themselves and challenging themselves," he said.
"Scouting is all about learning by doing and having fun," he said, adding that the traditional life skills learned were still valuable today.
"They learn good leadership skills ... Scouts learn to cooperate and work together."
To find your local scout, cub, or joey group, go to www.nsw.scouts.com.au.