BROADFORD Scouts last month embarked on a two-day scout camp, the first camp the group has attended since the easing of COVID-19 restrictions.
The camp, which took place at Rowallan Scout Camp near Riddells Creek, was attended by almost 60 children and youth members, and was an opportunity for families to get out and socialise following the difficulties of the past two years.
Broadford Scouts secretary Tanya Maiwald said the group welcomed the experience.
“It was a great opportunity for the kids to enjoy some normality after the many lockdowns and the cancellation of activities over the last two years,” she said.
“They really enjoyed the full 24 hours of scouting stuff, including trekking with compasses, archery, rope courses and a lot of other fun activities.”
Ms Maiwald said the group was thankful to able to put on a camp in 2021.
“Everything came together nicely, with families socialising and everyone doing different things with their age groups,” she said.
“Last camp was very COVID-affected, there was limited interaction, and parents weren’t allowed out of their cars when they were dropping off their kids, it was all kind of unsettling.
“We were very happy and thankful to find a space in the year with no COVID.”
The Broadford Scouts group also thanked the Australian Rail Track Corporation, ARTC, who provided a grant to allow the camp to be run at a low cost to those involved and also helped families enduring financial hardship as a result of COVID to attend and enjoy the weekend.
An ARTC spokesperson said the group’s key commitment was to leave a positive legacy along the rail corridor and was doing so by helping fund small community organisations such as the Broadford Scouts group.
Ms Maiwald said she found scouting to be a memorable and worthwhile experience, and new members from five years of age and older were encouraged and welcome to join the scouts.