Scout jam­boree marks cen­tury

Townsville Bulletin - - Front Page -

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.

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PRE­PARED . . . Alice River pa­trol leader Cal­lie Thompson, 14, with other scouts who will be at­tend­ing the jam­boree

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