From January 4 to 14 Tailem Bend will be teeming with scouts from various contingents across the country and globe as they get stuck into over 200 activities and make memories to last a lifetime.
The scouts have now settled into their temporary home at The Bend Motorsport Park and have started to get stuck into the action of the 25th Australian Jamboree.
With access to 200 hectares at the site at Tailem Bend the scouts are taking part in various activities across their 10 day stay, which will also take them to locations in the Adelaide CBD, Wellington and Piccadilly.
Kicking things off with the opening ceremony last Friday, the Jamboree was officially opened by the Governor of South Australia Hieu Van Le and the scouts were treated to a special musical performance from Australian Idol alumni Ricki-Lee.
Marketing and grants manager Katherine Hastwell said the resilience building of the experience is really what makes it for many of the scouts.
“They walk away just a little bit more resilient, and a little bit tougher and a whole lot more self-reliant and self-sufficient, it’s just fantastic,” she said.
“While they are out the Wellington Marina they will be doing a day of water activities, but it really is like a choose your own adventure almost.
“Scouts work together in little groups as to what activities they would like to do and then off they go and do them.”
Mrs Hastwell said it was not just about the adventurous activities but also those that provided scouts with skills-based learning.
“We’ve got soldering, a drone school, there’s hairdressing, there’s plumbing, there’s even an activity where they can learn to put together an IKEA flat pack,” she said.
“If the scouts are getting exposed to some of these trades and also the STEM activities on offer it might spark in them something they might want to do in their future.
“They also do their own shopping for food, cooking and cleaning plus each troop needs to invite another troop over for dinner, at least one night of the Jamboree.”
“The shopping list is just enormous, we have about 22 semi-trailers coming in each day.”
The scouts will have an opportunity to make friendships from across Australia, and the world with scouts including from the United Kingdom, Canada and Bangladesh.
“We’ve been so blessed with the weather and we’ve had such great support from the local community,” Mrs Hastwell said.
“We’ve got the Tailem Bend bakery out here with their stall and we’ve had local Lions club members and Rotary club members helping out which has been fantastic.”
On top of the activities during the day, the scouts are treated to nightly entertainment.
Director of entertainment Pete Belmon said Justice Crew had performed for the scouts this week, plus some more special guests yet to be announced.
“We have equipment on loan from all across Australia, and that allows us to run a pretty sophisticated operation from out here,” Mr Belmon said.
“We live stream from our Facebook page, so people can listen to Bend FM at any time, as well as check out the opening and closing ceremonies.”
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