Cub scouts earn praise

Eden Cub Scouts (from left) Ethan Mam, Ashley and Jasmin Brunette, Tanner Upton, Eden Hayes-Elliott and Imogen Webster during their hike last weekend.

Eden Cub Scouts (from left) Ethan Mam, Ashley and Jasmin Brunette, Tanner Upton, Eden Hayes-Elliott and Imogen Webster during their hike last weekend.

A group of Eden Cub Sea Scouts have been praised for their initiative, after they organised a hike from the mouth of Wonboyn Lake to the beach at Disaster Bay last weekend.

Six scouts completed the hike, which they planned themselves as part of earning their Grey Wolf Award – the highest award cub scouts (aged 8-10) can achieve.

The group gathered for a bright and early 8am start at Scout Hall, and were driven to the Wonboyn wharf and boat ramp, where Mark Upton took them across to the starting point at the lake mouth.

District Cub Scout leader Nev Cowgill said the hike was well-planned and a credit to the young scouts.

“Conditions were ideal for hiking, as there was light cloud, so it wasn’t too hot,” he said.

“Many things were found on the way, and Tanner had arranged a great little scavenger hunt with cryptic clues.

“To our surprise, the beach was covered in ground-up pumice stone, lots of seaweed from a recent storm and rough seas, Cuttlefish, some driftwood, and a number of birds.

“We saw pairs of Pied Oystercatchers, including one that was banded, Sandpipers, Sea Eagles, Pacific Gulls and Silver Gulls.

“We also saw a pod of dolphins in the surf.

“It was a great little hike and a credit to the young scouts.”

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