Scout leaders preparing major scout run
WHILE most families are gearing up for a visit from the Easter bunny this weekend, the Gympie District Scout leaders have been busy preparing to run a major scout camp at the Gympie Showgrounds.
More than 250 scouts and leaders - from Bundaberg to the Gold Coast - will be attending.
The camp is called Kiwi Woggle after David "Kiwi" Weir, the founder of the event.
Gympie district commissioner Carol Harris said Kiwi Woggle was a traditional scouting competition camp which originated in the Gympie District in 1946.
"This camp was last held in Gympie in 1996 when they celebrated the 50th year of the Kiwi Woggle," Mrs Harris said.
The scouts are organized into patrols of five to eight members, who are responsible for camp planning.
Leaders will transport them to the campsite but the scouts have to organize all their own equipment and food supplies.
"Scouts will do all their own meal planning, shopping, cooking and cleaning up," she said.
"They have to set-up their campsites with tents, dining area, kitchen and food storage area.
"They also have to construct camp gadgets from poles and ropes."
Scouts will compete for trophies based on a set of camping standards guidelines.
The campsites will be set up on Friday and while the scouts are away on Saturday and Sunday - the judges will inspect and score each site.
"Weather permitting, they'll be canoeing on the Mary River, enjoying Laser Tag challenges in the bush, and will take part in a scavenger hunt through Gympie which will end with abseiling in Mary St," Mrs Harris said.
"On their return to the showgrounds, the scouts will be able to try their hand at blacksmithing, rocket making and other activities."
A Luxemburger (see photo) has been set up for rides in the showgrounds and the Gympie Radio Club will be there to demonstrate their equipment and get the scouts ready for a planned link to the International Space Station later this year.
"This event has taken much pre-planning and behind the scenes organizing and leaders from the Gympie Scout groups appreciate the community support we have received," Mrs Harris said.
"A big 'bravo' to all the businesses and organizations who have assisted us in our preparations, including numerous people at the Gympie Regional Council."