More Scouting antics
Not long after I joined my Scout Troop Possum, out Group Leader, asked if I'd like to go to CampWest. This is a big camp held here in WA every three years - it lasts for a week and is preparation for those that want to attend the Australian Jamboree. My response was "absolutely!" I've always loved camping, and it's ten years since I last went on a big camp so I was keen to go along. This year the camp was at Manjedal, the Scout campsite near Byford, just south of Perth and had over 800 Scouts attending. There were around 200 leaders as well, so over 1000 people altogether. The Scouts from my troop were camping together with Scouts from Gosnells and Wanerro on one campsite called Kim's Track 2. As well as me, another leader from our Scouts went as well. I was allocated to the Activities Team so, while I was camping with my troop, I spent my days working at one of the activity bases (I got to play with pioneering gear for the whole week - brilliant!). Womble, the other leader from my troop, was given the job of QM for our campsite. His job was to organise the equipment for our campsite (about 45 Scouts plus 8 leaders) and the catering. All the food was provided, but the duty patrol on each campsite had to cook the meals. Big camps work a bit different to how we used to do it with Guides in the UK, so I learnt a lot in the first two days!
The Centenery-pedes at CampWest 2008 CREDIT: Megan
It was a lot of fun though, apart from the disaster with the vegetarian options (there weren't any for the first few days!), and I had a great time. The next Australian Jamboree is in 2010 in New South Wales and I can't wait! First I've got to plan my activity base for Escape in January though...
Last weekend was full of Scouting things as well. On Saturday, Womble and I went out on the Bibbulmun Track to check out a campsite we're planning on using for an overnight hike in a few weeks. It turned out to be a really good spot, and the weather was perfect for hiking. Then on Sunday we went down to help at the Moreton Bay Fig Festival, an annual community event organised by Victoria Park. The Scouts were running a craft stand and manning the community sports trailer so I spent most of the afternoon playing volleyball with random people! I helped out on the portable climbing wall for a while too (they were swamped with people and needed a break for lunch) so I got to have a go before they packed up.
This week is the start of term four, the schools have just been on holiday for two weeks. The programme for the term is looking like a lot of fun: as well as regular meetings we've got the overnight hike, a camp, a day playing with the canoes out on the river, a barbecue at Kings Park and this weekend is JOTA! Should be fun!
I get the feeling that Scouts has taken over a bit, but I don't care, it's fun. (And nobody has mentioned the "G" word yet....)