THE GREAT OUTDOORS: Scouts had to draw on their survival skills.
THE GREAT OUTDOORS: Scouts had to draw on their survival skills.

Epic adventure for Heights Scouts

An outback adventure was 10 months in the planning, a week in execution and a lifetime of memories for seven Venturers and four leaders from Glennie Heights Scout Group.

Former group leader Peter See said the adventure gave the scouts aged 15-18 years the opportunity to work as a team while being loosely related to badge achievements.

The participants displayed citizenship through the fundraising efforts that contributed to their trip.

As a team they learnt about management and logistics in organising their trip itinerary and catering requirements.

And they contributed to outback communities through their local spending.

The scouts raised about $5000 through a range of fundraising activities throughout the year.

Mr See said the scouts fundraised by repairing tension sticks known as pogo sticks for $6 a stick for Wickham Freight Lines. They sold candles at the Christmas carols event and collected admissions at the historic car races.

They chose an outback location for their adventure to support the rural towns in keeping with the Year of the Outback tourism push.

“They were a great group of kids and they had a ball,” Mr See said.

“The adults enjoyed being with the kids and it was great to see things they didn’t expect.”

The 4000km journey began on a Saturday morning with a visit to the silo art at Thallon then lunch at the Nindigully Hotel (Queensland’s oldest hotel in its original condition).

They stayed in Cunnamulla and viewed the natural beauty of Curawinya National Park.

In Thargomindah the Venturers learnt how the town was the third in the world behind London and Paris to produce hydro-electric power for street lighting by using water pressure from the Artesian Basin.

The group saw dinosaur fossils discovered at Eromanga and the opal mines at Yowah.

In Charleville lessons were learnt about nature and the universe during visits to the Charleville Bilby Experience and the Cosmos Centre and Observatory.

Being such a success the adventure will be replicated every second year by the scout group, Mr See said.

Having moved to Quilpie to take up a job Mr See has stepped down from his role as group leader.

This Wednesday October 16 there will be a meeting from 6-7pm at the den with an aim to fill roles for leaders and parent support committee positions.



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