We joined with Killara Troop to make up some joint patrols for ScoutHike in the Wingello State Forest from 3-5 May. This is a competitive event with the patrols carrying all their gear for two days as they race to as many of the 28 activity bases as they can to win points. Over 1,000 Scouts from Sydney Northern region participated and there were close to 400 volunteers organising and running the event.
The theme was “all things nautical”. Our activity base was HMAS Paterson, which was a minesweeper in WWII and our allotted theme was “shipwrecked”. We had Scouts constructing a dunny for the captain, racing down the track to collect mines in a replica of Paterson, filtering dirty water (cordial), making a shelter and lighting a fire with flint and steel. About 75 patrols came through our base over the weekend.
The Tassie Tigers patrol which included 1st Gordon Scouts Sophie Maher and Matt Walker, came 11th overall of 200 Patrols, winning a Gold award. This was a fantastic achievement in endurance, planning, enthusiasm and team work. The Emus with Raphie Giles got a Silver placing – also a terrific result. Killara’s third patrol was also well placed with a Bronze award