Busy times for the local scouts

BUSH CHAT: The Scout group listens to their leaders at Camp Illawong.
BUSH CHAT: The Scout group listens to their leaders at Camp Illawong. Contributed

AFTER reviving the Biloela Scouts group this year, Leader Geoff Price said it has been a great year.

"It's going really well at the moment,” Mr Price said.

The group started off with 18 members and now has 34.

"Our numbers are slowly increasing,” Mr Price said.

"We are winding down for the year. JOTA was our last camp for the year.

"But there still will be Friday night meetings and other activities going on.”

The JOTA-JOTI camp was held earlier in the month, where the local scouts got to interact with scout members across the world.

Cameron Urquhart and Monique Irvine on scout link.
Cameron Urquhart and Monique Irvine on scout link. Contributed

"They got to connect

with some from the Philippines, Bolivia, the

UK and of course throughout all of Australia,” Mr Price said.

They also got to do camp activities.

"The camp went really well, the rain didn't dampen the kids' spirits and they had a lot of fun,” Mr Price said.

"One of the big activities on the weekend was a wide game, stalking through the bush with no lights and trying to evade leaders that had water pistols with coloured dye in them.

"It's all about skill building, that you don't

need a torch when you are in the dark, how much your eyes can adjust, just bush craft and developing those skills.”

Scouts closing parade at end of camp.
Scouts closing parade at end of camp. Contributed

The Biloela Scout group owns campsite Camp Illawong at Callide Dam.

"The campsite is getting a fair bit of use throughout Scouting across CQ, which is bringing a few people in town,” Mr Price said.

"We are getting all the work done with it and it is seen as a valuable asset within the Scouting community through CQ.”

Scouts cook a beef stew for dinner.
Scouts cook a beef stew for dinner. Contributed

Mr Price said he was proud of how far the small club and the children had come.

"We have seen them

learn and develop with themselves immensely which is what is all about, even within their own self confidence, respect for other people and respect for themselves,” he said.

There are plans for big events next year.

"We will definitely be alive again next year and we are looking forward to it,” Mr Price said.

"Our major event will be a Billy Cart Derby for the whole town to compete in and a family camping weekend.

"We are looking for sponsors and anyone that can help out in any way for the Billy Cart Derby.

"We want it to be a big event that involves the whole Biloela public.”

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