Scouts relish jamboree


Scouts from Eastern Southland have been enjoying the adventure and challenge of the national jamboree in Marlborough over the holidays.
The scouts experienced abseiling, paddle boarding, helicopter rides, smashing cars with a sledge hammer and many more exciting activities at the camp.
They were also members of groups that each day were responsible for cooking meals for the troop and hand-washing shirts.
The Eastern Southland troop includes 33 scouts from Mataura, Gore and Waikaka and 10 leaders.
Leader Karlene Guthrie attended jamboree with the Eastern Southland troop and said the scouts had stepped up to the challenge.
“It [jamboree] has not been easy. Their families should be extremely proud,” she said.
Scouts Lance Cullahan (12), Latasha Hastie (14), Daniel Fox (13), Max Milliken (13) and Lucy Byars (13) were all part of the Eastern Southland troop.
Lance said his favourite part of the jamboree was the New Year’s Eve party.
“I lost my voice from screaming too much,” Lance said.
Latasha said they had a camp before going to the jamboree but it did not prepare them for the real camp. She had a lot of fun.  “My favourite activity was abseiling.”
On New Year’s Day the jamboree had an open day. Scouts had to set up stalls to collect fake money called beaver bucks, and the troop with the most beaver bucks received an award.
Daniel played the recorder and collected two hats full of beaver bucks.
Max said they had made lots of friends during their time at jamboree.
“We met some Australians and we were asking them everything about Australia,” Max said.
Lucy said she enjoyed the challenge of jamboree.
“I like being pushed out of my comfort zone, and the New Year’s Eve party was pretty fun, too,” Lucy said.
Scouts New Zealand holds a jamboree every three years. This year’s was the 21st.
The jamboree ran for 10 days from December 29 to January 7.affiliate link traceAir Jordan