Venturing to Kangaroo Island
THE anticipation of sleeping in trees on commando-style platforms, driving vintage tractors and exploring Kangaroo Island has Gayndah’s first three Venturer Scouts counting sleeps.
Mitchell Gormley, Mark Dolding and Sophie Taylor will be the first from Gayndah to attend a national adventure for Venturer Scouts (AV2015).
Mitchell, who didn’t want his scouting adventures to end at age 14, became Gayndah’s first Venturer at age 15.
“As a Venturer, we have to go out and find the challenges for ourselves,” Mitchell said.
“It’s all about teamwork and is definitely different depending on the challenges – and then we get to stay up all night,” he added with a grin.
Mitchell said AV2015 in early January will be his only opportunity to attend an Australian Venture before he turns 18 – when he’s keen to join the Rovers or become a junior leader.
What keeps him going is “meeting all the new people” and the ongoing friendships with kids from Gladstone to Ipswich, he said.
Sophie Taylor will become Gayndah’s first female Venturer Scout in June.
Of her decision to join Scouts four years ago, she said: “I reckon it’s good having both males and females; it’s better.”
Mark Dolding has “pretty much loved everything” about being a Scout since he joined three years ago.
He will become a Venturer in June, paving the way for his passion to sleep in treetops in South Australia next January.
ADVENTURES AHEAD: Gayndah's first Venturer Scouts will attend Australian Venture 2015. From left, Sophie Taylor, Mark Dolding, Mitchell Gormley and Scout leader Dave Clayton.