Scout jamboree marks century
SCOUTS from across Australia will be converging on the town of Elmore in Victoria for the 21st annual Australian Jamboree.
And almost 80 scouts from Townsville will be joining them for 11 days of fun and challenges.
The jamboree will be held between January 2 and 13 and an expected 12,000 scouts are expected to attend the event which is held every three years.
This year’s jamboree holds particular significance as it coincides with the celebration of 100 years of scouting worldwide.
During jamboree, the Elmore site will be transformed into a temporary town for the scouts. This will include water and sewer infrastructure, an on-site hospital, shops, a radio station and daily newspapers.
There will be a host of activities on offer including caving, abseiling, climbing, environmental challenges, circus training and driving instruction.
Queensland Scouting chief commissioner Maurice Law said the jamboree would be a fantastic way to kick off the centenary celebrations and be an amazing and memorable experience for those attending.
‘‘Jamboree is for scouts aged between 11 to 15 years old and provides young people with an amazing opportunity to partake in numerous activities including sailing, canoeing, circus activities and sports,’’ he said.
There will also be a host of activities off-site for the scouts.
‘‘They will also have the opportunity to go off-site and discover gold mining at Bendigo, as well as heading to Echuca and enjoying some time on the Murray River,’’ Mr Law said.
The aim of scouting is to encourage the physical, intellectual, emotional, social and spiritual development of young people.
Children are accepted into scouting from six years of age and may continue through the different sections until they reach the age of 26.
PREPARED . . . Alice River patrol leader Callie Thompson, 14, with other scouts who will be attending the jamboree