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Life is a jamboree

Wairarapa Scouts are heading off to the 23rd Aotearoa New Zealand Scout Jamboree in Hamilton over the Christmas break, after fundraising hard for months.

From the Carterton Scout Group, Lachlan, Aidan and Sam and one intrepid leader, John Sage, will be attending the jamboree. They are teaming up with the Akatarawa and St Joe’s Scout groups from Upper Hutt to make a troop big enough.

The three boys, their families and the greater Carterton Scout Group have worked tirelessly throughout the year raising the money to enable them to attend. This has involved several long sessions of cutting and delivering firewood, working at the LEGO expo, and an extremely large number of sausages being sizzled.

They will have three days in Rotorua to consolidate their patrols before heading up to Mystery Creek, Hamilton for eight days of high-intensity scouting with adventure and challenge.

A jamboree is a large Scout camp held every three years at different sites in New Zealand and attended by around 4000 Scouts, leaders and staff.

Most Scouts will only get one chance to attend a jamboree and for many it is a life changing experience, meeting Scouts from Aotearoa New Zealand, Australia, Cook Islands, Tahiti, Fiji, New Caledonia, and Hong Kong. They can look forward to water activities with a twist, camping, tramping, biking, climbing, digging, sliding, and much more at the main camp and two feature offsite bases.

Learning and practising skills including First Aid, caring for the environment and helping in the community, is balanced by fun evenings: movie night, international night and a New Year’s costume party.

Echoing World Scouting Sustainable Development Goals and the foundation of the Better World Programme – thinking globally and acting locally – this jamboree will be a more eco-friendly experience, going paper-free.

We wish Lachlan, Aidan and Sam an adventure-filled, sun-drenched event while living their Scout values: have respect, do what is right and have fun.

Whakaoriori Scout Group has 21 Scouts and six leaders attending the Jamboree, while Greytown Scout Group is sending 12 Scouts and two leaders. These two groups are combining to make a troop.

Carterton Scout Group resumes February 12, 2024 at the Rangatahi Hub [behind Carterton Event Centre]. Keas [5-8 years] Monday 4.30pm-5.30pm. Cubs [8-11 years], Monday 6pm-7.30pm. Scouts [11-14 years] Thursday 6.30pm-8.30pm. Call Sylvia 027 249 3395 or visit cartertonscouts.org.nz

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