AS they arrived back into the city this week after a 14 day adventure, members of the 1st Dubbo Scout Group were commended by their leaders.
The 11 boys and girls formed part of an 11,500 contingent attending the 23rd Australian Scout Jamboree in Maryborough, Queensland.
Local scout leader Anne Standish spoke to Dubbo Photo News, describing the group as “really amazing kids.”
But it wasn’t just their behaviour at the event that impressed their mentor, but the conduct throughout the entire year.
Their journey towards jamboree actually began a year ago, when the scouts started organising the trip. Far from planning packing or provisions, the young people started saving.
“That’s the whole idea,” Anne said, “that they start things rolling 12 months beforehand.”
With the cost of attendance approximately $1500 each, the scouts set to work as only they can do, raising thousands of dollars all through sheer hard work.
A secondary outcome has been their civic participation.
“There have been lots of barbecues and selling chocolates and neck-tie coolers,” Anne explained.
“Every month, they would host a barbecue. These boys and girls have been working towards this goal all year. Community involvement is part of the scouting program.”
The teens have also enhanced their scouting skills, attaining pioneer, camping and craft merit badges along the way.
As their leader, Anne couldn’t be more chuffed with the way they have represented their troop.
“Of the 7000 kids at jamboree, Dubbo are some of the best,” she said. “They do us proud.”
With the theme Dream It Live It, the 2013 jamboree has included camping, activities and challenges. Jamborees are held every three years.
Dubbo scouts and venturers meet on Monday nights at their hall in Talbragar St while the cubs meet at their hall in Welchman St. They will all return to regular meetings in February.