Cub Scouts break the rules
IT WAS confirmed last weekend that of the 144 Cub Scouts who took part in the District "Cuborama" Camp at Glenreagh, all were rule breakers.
The rules of go to bed early, don't light fires, have a bath every day, listen to your parents and always do what you are told were all broken...for the benefit of the Cubs and their families of course!
Attended by 144 Cub Scouts from 17 packs from Chinderah to Port Macquarie, the groupcollectively shot more than 3,000 arrows, did more than 200 flying fox runs, ate more than 700 meals and probably walked more than 300kms as they moved from base to base to experience the different challenges, assisted by 44 Leaders, four Scouts, seven Venturers, one Rover and 48 Parents from as far away as the North West.
Scouts on the North Coast has taken a different turn, with numbers over the last 5 years steadily on the increase, and Venturer numbers (15-18 year olds) now at a record high.
Ian Judd, District Commissioner for the Far North Coast said scouting was the answer to a lot of problems faced by today's youth - screen addiction, obesity, disconnection, lack of motivation. "But it is more than that," he said.
"It is a learning system that encourages kids to find out for themselves - to develop their self-knowledge, inter- and independence, resilience, reliability and determination.
"The challenges that Cubs face while on camp let them show what they've got. Our increasing numbers show that Scouting can change with the times while holding to its ideals - that is all part of the adventure!"
So perhaps Scouting itself is breaking the rules - bucking a 30 year trend and growing a new youth of independent thinkers ready to face the challenges of the future.