On the river with the Scouts

Marlborough Midweek - - OUT & ABOUT - PAULA HULBURT

Scouts in Marl­bor­ough want to help peo­ple make a splash this sum­mer.

Na­tiv­ity Scouts are host­ing five free open events where the pub­lic can en­joy get­ting out and about on the Tay­lor River.

The group will have 10 ca­noes for peo­ple to use on the river.

All equip­ment, from life jack­ets to pad­dles, will be pro­vided.

Or­gan­is­ers hope the pub­lic make the most of the chance to have some fun as the weather gets warmer.

Na­tiv­ity Scout as­so­ciate mem­ber Bruce Petrie says there will ini­tially be four dou­ble and six sin­gle ca­noes on of­fer al­low­ing 14 pad­dlers on the wa­ter at once.

‘‘Scouts wanted to give back to the com­mu­nity at no cost to use the ca­noes, rafts, gear, vests, hel­mets and we were also keen to sup­port coun­cil’s River­side Park project.

‘‘We have a scout ad­ven­ture camp site that needs $1000 per year to cover main­te­nance costs so we’ll have bar­be­cue food and drinks for sale too.

‘‘It’s a free event to have fun with fam­ily, and dogs are wel­come,’’ he says.

The Na­tiv­ity Scouts are part of the Marl­bor­ough Scout­ing Group, at­tached to the New Zealand Scout As­so­ci­a­tion, and have about 150 mem­bers and 25 lead­ers. Girls and boys are wel­come to join from ages 6 to 18.

An area near where the River Queen was berthed has been made avail­able for the events which will take place on Oc­to­ber 15 , Novem­ber 5, De­cem­ber 10, Jan­uary 21 and Fe­bru­ary 18 from 10am to 3pm.

‘‘We are so lucky to have the Tay­lor River within the re­serve and this is a great way to be able to utilise it.

These days are aimed at 4-yearolds up­wards and there will be a chill out area for teenagers.

‘‘There will be vest sizes to fit all and lots of fun to be had,’’ Petrie says.

For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact Bruce Petrie on 03 577 5331 or email bruce.caro­line@kinect.co.nz.

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