Thursday, November 16, 2023


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

On The Air And On The Internet: 2023 Scouts Jamboree

All sections of Scouting in the Hibiscus Coast District were involved in the 66th Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) and the 27 Jamboree on the Internet (JOTI) which is an annual event held for scouting and guiding worldwide.

The activities include various modern technologies, including video games and radios. Minecraft was popular with all sections. There was also a Communication Scavenger Hunt which used different communication styles such as codes, braille, and sign language. These activities only took up part of the weekend and groups were encouraged to focus their own activities on Communication and Technology.

On Saturday evening a campfire was held, and everyone participated in songs and skits which were entertaining and gave the youth members the opportunity for self-expression and humour.

Having a District Event was an excellent opportunity to present Leadership Awards. Jim McIntyre was presented with his Woodbeads and scarf.  Jim joined scouting as a Rover Scout in 2018 and has trained to be a Venturer Scout Leader in 2021. Jim was awarded a Special Service Award in 2022. He is a member of Queensland Branch Youth Council.

Sarina Scout Group Leader Mrs Jodie Parchert was presented with a Special Service Award. It is awarded to Adult Members and Supporters who have made a noteworthy contribution to supporting, developing, and managing the movement over a period of at least 12 months. She was instrumental in getting the Sarina Scout Group back on track and being viable again.  

Congratulations to both leaders for your valuable contribution to scouting in the Hibiscus District.

Contributed by Mary Wallace.

Harley, James and Matthew at scouts electronics base

Leaders Jodie Parchert and Jim McIntyre. Photos supplied

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