Camping across Queensland:

Scout Groups share their camping adventures

Kenmore’s “First Nations” Group Camp

In September 2021, Kenmore held a Group Camp at Wirraglen Scout Camp Ground at Highfields on the Darling Downs.  The main aim of the camp was to provide a venue where all age levels could interact and play together, and see what activities are done in the different Scouting units.  Each patrol had a mix of members of different age levels, which worked extremely well.

The camp theme was learning about First Nations/Aboriginal culture and the Scouts visited an ancient ceremonial site, Gummingurru where Traditional Owners guided the Scouts around the stone arrangement site and Scout Leaders provided games and activities to reinforce the lessons learned from the Aboriginal custodians.

Another activity was Dreamtime Games run by Dusty Wilson, a descendent of the Kooma and Murrawarri people from Western Queensland and Western NSW, who lives in Toowoomba.  These games mirrored training for Aboriginal kids, such as spear throwing (soft balls), rock hopping (jumping over cones on the ground), chasing kangaroos, and more. Dreamtime Games delivers fun, active and engaging learning experiences to schools, kindergartens, OSHC services, community groups, events and corporate organisations across SE QLD and the Darling Downs.

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Tyakunda District Cub Camp 2021

In October, Cub Scouts, Leaders and Parent Helpers from the 5 Groups that make up Tyakunda District (Kenmore, Moggill, Indooroopilly, Taringa Milton Toowong and Scoutreach), ran an outstanding District Cub Camp at Karingal Scout Camp, Mt Cotton.

The format was a patrol competition with 8 patrols rotating around bases including; canoeing, archery, bottle rockets, go carts, games, woggle making and a wool maze. There was even a colour run!

The Tyakunda District Camp has been an annual event since 2016 and in that time the trophy has been shared between the Groups. Whether they came first or 8th, all of the Cub Scouts and Leaders had a fantastic time renewing old friendships and making new ones.

Greenbank Joeys Burleigh Heads Camp

The adventure started for 31 Joey Scouts as they arrived at Burleigh Heads Den for opening parade and morning tea. They then walked to the beach for a fun morning of sand, sun, blue skies and water activities. With the help of the local lifeguards, the Joey Scouts had a great time jumping the waves, learning about beach safety and playing a surf lifesaving flag game.

 After lunch they worked on badge activities and focused on the importance of fire safety, lighting matches, tying and untying knots and lots of team building activities. Bellies were full after a classic Scout big feed of spaghetti bolognaise, and a yummy dessert of custard and cake, it was time for a short movie before bed.

In the morning it was a very early start as Joey Scouts prefer not to sleep in! so all hands on deck to clean up the bunks and the hall, and a hearty breakfast ready for the day. The first adventure for Day 2 was a walk to the park to see the swans followed by water activities sliding, jumping and splashing with a slip ‘n’ slide, jumping castle and large water sign they helped glue and tie together.

As a Leader it makes all the planning, training and organising worth it to hear Joey Scouts Say “ this is the best weekend of my life!”