Jam-packed fun at scout jamboree

Sam Wallace, 11 and Kiara Watson, 13 and the West Centenary Scouts Troup B05 took part in the 23rd Australian Jamboree 2013. Photo: Inga Williams / The Satellite
Sam Wallace, 11 and Kiara Watson, 13 and the West Centenary Scouts Troup B05 took part in the 23rd Australian Jamboree 2013. Photo: Inga Williams / The Satellite Inga Williams

THEY'RE taught to be prepared for anything.

But not a lot could have prepared the boys and girls from West Centenary Scout Group for the spectacle of this year's Australian Jamboree.

The tri-annual event was held in Maryborough earlier this month and saw a gathering of 11,500 scouts and leaders from across Australia and 14 countries overseas.

During the 10-day event, scouts took part in numerous activities, enjoyed a variety of performances and forged friendships that could last a lifetime.

Still buzzing from the excitement of the Jamboree, scouts from Troop B05 of the West Centenary Group shared some of their favourite experiences.

Scout Kiara Watson, 13, said Challenge It - where scouts completed a series of challenges whilst they ran, walked and crawled through a field of mud - was her favourite activity

Fellow troop members Connor Tinning and Louis Minett said they enjoyed the Explore It activity.

"You got to go around Maryborough on a big 'Where's Wally' hunt, where you were given a map and found clues and completed challenges as you went," Louis said.

But a clear favourite among many of the other scouts was Smash It - an activity where crockery was set up as targets and old cars were destroyed by scouts wielding hammers.

In addition to a long list of activities, they also enjoyed performances by Jessica Mauboy, Justice Crew and magician Cosentino.

Sue Hutley, whose daughter Olivia was among the troop, said the jamboree had been a great life experience for the young scouts.

"The children still talk enthusiastically about all the fun they had during the event," she said.

"But after a week of camping, I think they were all pleased to return to simple luxuries of home; like sleeping in their own bed."

Scout Sam Wallace said the jamboree had been a fun way to start another year of scouts.

The 11-year-old said his troop would spend the year taking part in community service projects, outdoor activities, developing scouting skills and other enjoyable experiences.

For more information about the West Centenary Scouts, visit



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