Scouts going to jamboree

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More than 50 Scouts from Oamaru and Palmerston will head to the 21st New Zealand Scout Jamboree in Marlborough at the end of the year.
Scouts and leaders from Scott’s Own Sea Scouts and the Columba, St Patrick’s and Puketapu Scout groups will attend the jamboree, which starts on December 29 and wraps up on January 7.
Scott’s Own Sea Scouts secretary Carmen Sim said seven Scouts and two leaders from the group would attend.
“Jamboree involves the kids getting the opportunity to experience driving farm machinery, tackling confidence courses, building rafts, cooking competitions, orienteering, search and rescue activity, caving and lots more.
“It’s an opportunity for the Scout groups to showcase their existing Scouting skills and learn a whole lot more new ones too.”
Mrs Sim said the Scouts would also take a tour of the West Coast and some areas on the east coast of the South Island.
However, sending Scouts and leaders to the jamboree and taking part in other activities was not cheap.
“We need to raise $1600 per child and leader to send them all up there, so we have been very busy fundraising to get these funds,” she said.
So far, the Sea Scouts have catered a wedding and set up a marquee and tents for it, sold bulbs, collected and sold pine cones, and sold cheese rolls and lamingtons.
They are also running a quiz night, to be held at 6.30pm on August 12 at the Scottish Hall in Tyne St.
“The North Otago district will be sending approximately 50 people in total from all the Scout groups in the area, so it’s quite a large undertaking for the district,” she said.