Thursday, August 24, 2023


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Adventurous Scouts Build Confidence

The Banksia Scout Group held an Open Day as part of Mackay Regional Council's Australia Day celebrations. The Fernleigh Avenue den in Andergrove was bustling with families joining in the activities promoting scouting in the community.

Scouting is all about hands-on learning in small groups, outdoors, and through fun. Our programs aim to build confidence, social skills, leadership, resilience, independence, responsibility, and a sense of community by providing adventures. This was reflected in the youth-led activities during the Open Day.

District Commissioner Katrina Hoare, Adventurous Activities Leaders, Scouting Leaders, and Parents were busy with activities such as crate stacking, rope bridge, low ropes, archery, and damper twist making. The excitement on the youth's faces as they explored new activities was a rewarding experience for the leaders, who strive to provide a fun learning environment.

The Open Day marked the start of the Scouting year and launched the Hibiscus Coast District Scouts "Try the 5" campaign, open to all ages starting at 5 years old and eligible for school.

Try the 5 - Pre-registration is required:

5th February Try the 5 – Abseiling

12th February Try the 5 – Rope Bridge at MRC Sports Sign On

19th February Try the 5 – Mountain Biking

19th February Try the 5 – Archery

Except for the Sports Expo at the MECC, all activities will be held at Rowallan Scout Park, 290 Glendaragh Road, Farleigh.  Contact if you have any questions.

Images: Banksia Scouts enjoyed archery and robe bridges among other challenges on Australia Day

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