Jam­boree has scouts jump­ing for joy

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Perera

While most lo­cal young peo­ple spend th­ese school hol­i­days re­lax­ing, 10 young Kar­ratha res­i­dents have been push­ing them­selves to their lim­its at a na­tional scout gath­er­ing.

Ten scouts and four lead­ers from the Kar­ratha Scout Group have spent the past few weeks tak­ing part in the Aus­tralian Scout Jam­boree, a 10-day camp held ev­ery three years by Scouts Aus­tralia for 11 to 14 year-olds across the coun­try, which fin­ishes to­day.

The camp, held at Cataract Scout Park in Syd­ney this year, builds young scouts’ re­silience and life skills through out­door ad­ven­ture and en­durance ac­tiv­i­ties such as hik­ing, rock climb­ing, ob­sta­cle cour­ses and ori­en­teer­ing.

Kar­ratha Scout Group head leader Dani Hage said it was the first time the Kar­ratha scouts had been to the na­tional event and mak­ing it there had been a year­long ef­fort.

“The jam­boree is the event that you go to if you’re a scout,” she said. “We’ve had to do a lot of work camp­ing to get them up to that level.”

Ms Hage said with 10 mem­bers, the Kar­ratha scouts formed one of the big­ger groups at the event, thanks to its com­mit­ted team cul­ture.

She thanked the donors who had helped them get there.

Pic­ture: Dani Hage

Kar­ratha Scout Group mem­bers en­joy the Aus­tralian Scout Jam­boree in Syd­ney.

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