EVERY year the Hunter and Coastal region holds a five day Scout camp.
This year it was located at Lostock Scout Camp on the Paterson River, in the farm lands near the Barrington Tops.
The Corroboree, as it is known, began on the 18 January with a fun-filled camp set up.
The camp is based on the patrol system, with Troops camping Jamboree style.
Each troop is formed by combining local scout troops on a District basis just as scouts do for a Jamboree with those troops responsible for setting up a kitchen for themselves, a mess tent and sleeping tents for everyone.
It looked like a tent city, and the troops were extremely proud of their hard work and impressive results.
The morning after the camp set-up, activities commenced in full swing bright and early.
Over the course of the camp, Scouts participated in water safety lessons, canoeing, archery, camel riding, horizontal bungee, scouting activities on survival, free time swimming in the river and using a giant water slide.
One night, the Scouts were treated to a movie on the big screen under the stars.
Another night, all scouts and their leaders slept out in a dairy paddock among the cow paddies under their self-made hutchies consisting of a tarp and pole, demonstrating great skill and technique in doing so.
During closing parade, one Scout was presented with an Australian Scout Medallion.
The award is the highest level badge work achievable for the Scout section, and therefore a very special moment as not many Scouts achieve this level Medallion.
Closing parade was a colourful night, with a display of fireworks and a disco that the local cows enjoyed.
This year’s Corroboree was the first for the new District Scout Leader for Port Stephens, Dennis Conroy.
Dennis told News Of The Area, “This camp was a great way for the youth to get out and learn new life skills and enjoy the activities along with meeting new youth from other districts that will become lifelong friends.
“It was certainly way better than sitting at home in front of a television, playing video games.”
“Life is about getting out of your comfort zone and learning new things, and the youth that attended this camp did just that,” he said.
For information on your local Scouts, please visit http://www.nsw.scouts.com.au/.
By Rachael VAUGHAN