Scouting for recruits in Cairns who love adventure
WHILE the time-tested traditions of knot tying and obstacle courses remain, Scouts groups have begun a new push to attract adventure-spirited Far Northerners into the fold.
The Scouts movement, open to males and females aged six to 26, is alive and well in Cairns with about 100 members across six groups tackling a range of activities each week from cooking and crafts to abseiling and four-wheel-driving.
But organisers are also hoping to boost numbers and are looking to attract members for next year.
After 15 years in the Scouts, rover Scout youth member Alexandra Allanson attests to the skills and friendships that come from being involved in the group.
And she said the lessons and life skills are still as relevant as ever.
"It follows the same principles from over a century ago when it first started,'' she said.
"It still provides a very inclusive and enjoyable environment."
Scout groups operate in Edge Hill, Freshwater, Bayview, Edmonton, Gordonvale and the northern beaches. For more information visit www.farnorth.scoutsqld.com.au
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Roping them in: (From left), Scouts Foster Schneeberger, Tenzin Kelly-Hall and Sam Winborn-Sharp enjoy outdoor activities. Picture: MIKE WATT