Scouts from throughout the Limestone Coast converged on Robe for a weekend canoe camp. Fifty youngsters aged 5-15 camped on a property just outside the town and spent the weekend working their way through a range of activities including canoeing and kayaking, sandcastle building, hiking, exploring Robe township, constructing forts and swings and practicing their first aid skills.
Limestone Coast District Scouts District Leader Kylie Ind said for many it was their first major camp and, supported by parent helpers and leaders, they participated in everything from putting up and packing up their own tents through to cooking meals for 70 people.
The Scouts from Naracoorte, Penola and Mount Gambier were hosted by the newly restarted Lucindale Scout Group. “Some of these Scouts had never been in a canoe or kayak before and Lake Battye was the perfect location to learn,” Mrs Ind said. “Playing kayak chasey only hours after getting in a boat for the first time showed just how quickly these skills can be developed by our experienced paddling leaders.
“Sunday morning saw all the older Scouts take on a challenging paddle from Lake Battye to the outlet of Fox Lake where mud was the order of the day – it was hard work but great fun.”
Mrs Ind said some of the Scouts visited the Customs House and were guided through Robe history by the volunteers. “Others built sand sculptures or went for a hike along Long Beach,” she said. “Construction of a giant swing by one patrol was a huge hit with all the Joeys and Cubs who got to try it out before the Scouts got on and proved too heavy for the rope – they ended up on the ground but laughing and keen to try again.
“Over the weekend it was fantastic to see the way everyone had a chance to participate and learn new skills. “From the littlest five-year-old Joey through to the most experienced of the Scouts everyone stepped out of their comfort zone and challenged themselves.
“The smiles on everyone’s faces show just how much fun they all had.”