SCOUT AND ABOUT: (back) Austin, Mia, Mark Foster, Colby, Blake, Darcy (front) Kelsey, Connor, Logan, Brodie, and Brodie ready to kick off the fun at the start of the 2016 Australian Scout Jamboree. PHOTO: SuppliedDESPITE over 100 milliliters of rain in only a few daysthe Port Augusta Scouts survived the 2016 Jamboree.
Scout group leader Mark Foster said the 37 children werechallenged by the unprecedented conditions.
“None of us were really prepared for what that was going to do to the campsite and our experience,” Mr Foster said.
“Lucky for us the children rallied around us and managed to survive that amount of water and the effect it hard on their gear.”
Even though the excursion was off to a rough start the childrenstill enjoyed their time, and each took away different experiences.
Darcy Foster said he really enjoyed the activities they participated in.
“The city sights was my favourite part;we actually got to goto Sydney,see the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera house,” Darcy said.
Connor Freebairn said he enjoyed the activities at the scout base, includingan ominous sounding waterslide called the ‘funnel web’.
Kelsey Spencertook homea valuable learning experience after getting caught in the deluge.
“I learnt to pack an extra pair of shoes,” Kelsey said.
“It rained a lot and my shoes got soaked, so we wore rubbish bags in our shoes.”
Mr Foster said that was only one of many learning experiences the children had during their trip.
The children also learnt to workas a team,haveindependence fromadults, to cookfor the team, time management skills, and managingpersonal belongings.
Mr Foster said the biggest positive was the exposure the scouts had with other groups from not only to their district, but from all over Australia.
In addition to the fantastic support the team had from parents from across the state.
“An important factor in the success of or Jamboree troop was the hard work and dedication of the leadership team who supported the Scouts on their adventure –[thanks to]DionClarke and Leon Earl from Port Lincoln, Sharleen Lloyd of Roxby Downs and Tamra Enbom of Whyalla,” MrFoster said.
With the 2019 Australian Jamboree being held in Adelaide, it isperfect time to join the Port Augusta contingent to ensure scouts are qualify.
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