On the river with the Scouts
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.