More than 100 children have attended the Esperance Scout Group’s annual Fun Day event on Sunday, February 25.
The day saw activities for all ages, with water slides, face painting, a shooting gallery, sponge throwing, crate climbing, tight rope and a sausage sizzle providing hours of entertainment for attendees.
With entry just a gold coin donation, the day was an opportunity for the group to showcase some of the adventurous activities the scouts regularly participate in.
Esperance Scout Group leader Carmel Halls said the event boasted a fantastic turn out, with 105 children and more than 30 scout members attending.
Ms Halls said the purpose of the event was to allow Scouts to open their doors and encourage those who may have no scouting experience to come and have a look.
“Some of our activities are designed to challenge our youth members, physically, mentally and spiritually,” she said.
For instance, the ‘crate stacking’ is just as much about challenging yourself mentally as it is about the physical task, just telling yourself ‘yes, I can do it’.
“The children are wearing harnesses, a helmet and all the correct safety equipment and they have to climb up the stack as it gets higher and higher and higher and then the challenge is for the children to stand on the top crate and touch the ceiling.
“By the number of dirty, grubby finger marks on the ceiling of the Scout Hall, we have a lot of kids who actually rise to the challenge.”
Ms Halls said the day emphasised the Scout philosophy, encouraging participants to challenge themselves to be physically active everyday and to bring the ‘out’ in Scout through outdoor activities.
Ms Halls thanked the two members of the WASP team that travelled from Perth to assist, Carmen Parry for the face painting and the many parents who volunteered their time.
“Without the parent participation in manning the different activities and the team that came from Perth, the leaders certainly couldn’t do it all on their own,” she said.