Scouts have a magic time at national jamboree 

CONCERTS by pop stars, laser tag games and mixing with scouts from Australia and overseas have been part of the ‘awesome’ time enjoyed by about 16 south-west scouts at the 23rd Australian Scout Jamboree.

The scouts, both boys and girls, are among 10,000 others who have been at the jamboree at Maryborough, near Hervey Bay, in Queensland, since January 2.

The scouts from the Warrnambool Tooram, Warrnambool Norfolk and Allansford groups are accompanied by about five local scout leaders.

Warrnambool Tooram scout leader Gary Golding said most of the south-west scouts were aged between 12-15.

They had so far enjoyed performances by Jessica Mauboy, Reece Mastin and magician Cosentino.

Activities had included flying fox rides, a “Where’s Wally?” search and a visit to Australia Zoo.

The scouts are camping out during the national jamboree which is held every three years. “The kids are having an awesome time”, Mr Golding said.

To get to Maryborough, the scouts had to survive a 32-hour bus ride, leaving from Warrnambool at 2.30am on New Year’s Eve.

They will repeat that epic road trip this weekend, arriving back in Warrnambool on Monday morning.

Mr Golding’s daughter Breeanna, 12, is at the Australian International Girl Guide jamboree being held this week near Launceston, Tasmania.

The fanTAStic jamboree involves more than 1700 girl guides and girl scouts from Australia, Japan, Canada, New Zealand, US, UK, Fiji, India, Philippines, Singapore, Hungary, and Ghana.


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