Ven­tur­ing to Kan­ga­roo Is­land

Central and North Burnett Times - - NATIONAL YOUTHWEEK -

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.

PHOTO: SHIRLEY WAY

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.

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