Esperance Scout Group members head to Australian Jamboree

From left to right- Sharryn Tomlinson, Kai Bellenger, Hannah Lauritsen, Trent Appleton, Bevan Norwood, Megan Kelman and Theo the Venturer Bear at Esperance Airport shortly before takeoff on January 3. Photo: Jake Dietsch.
From left to right- Sharryn Tomlinson, Kai Bellenger, Hannah Lauritsen, Trent Appleton, Bevan Norwood, Megan Kelman and Theo the Venturer Bear at Esperance Airport shortly before takeoff on January 3. Photo: Jake Dietsch.

Six members of the Esperance Scout Group left town this morning, January 3, en route to South Australia for the camping experience of a lifetime.

The Scouts are headed to the Australian Jamboree, which is held every three years and is Scouts Australia’s biggest event, with around 10,000 expected to attend.

The January 4 to 14, 2019 event will be held at the Bend Motorsports Park in Tailem Bend.

Esperance Joey leader Sharryn Tomlinson is accompanying four Scouts, Hannah Lauritsen, Bevan Norwood, Trent Appleton and Kai Bellenger, and one Venturer, Megan Kelman, on the journey.

Ms Tomlinson said the group would develop a range of skills through the physical and mental challenges they were required to complete.

“They will learn about independence, responsibility for their kit and personal items, team work, time management, cooking in the outdoors, outdoor adventure skills and communication skills,” she said.

Tasks on the camp will include bicycle activities, cart racing, land yachting, water activities on lakes, and patrol activities.

The group received financial support from APEX, The Rotary Club of Esperance Bay, The Lions Club and BP Foundation.

Ms Tomlinson also thanked Esperance Scout Group leader Carmel Halls, scout leader Barry Halls and assistant scout leader Troy Gillis for their support with the trip.