Cubs represent Eden with distinction at leadership camp

Eden cub scouts Eden Hayes-Elliott (left) and Ashley Brunette represented the town at a recent leadership camp at Tabourie Lake. Photo: Nev Cowgill.

Eden cub scouts Eden Hayes-Elliott (left) and Ashley Brunette represented the town at a recent leadership camp at Tabourie Lake. Photo: Nev Cowgill.

Eden youngsters Ashley Brunette and Eden Hayes-Elliott travelled up the coast last weekend, to represent the town at a cub scouts leadership camp at Tabourie Lake.

Accompanied by district cub scout leader Nev Cowgill and joey leader Jono McLaren, as well as cubs and leaders from Cobargo, the 10-year-old girls joined a group of 32 cubs for the two-day event.

They walked away from an action-packed weekend with many new skills in their repertoire, including song and dance, play acting, rope and knotting skills, flag etiquette, problem solving, practical compass work, first aid, law and promise, handcraft, campfire planning, responsibilities of sixer and second, and construction.

Nev said Ashley and Eden were great ambassadors for their families and the town, receiving complements from many other leaders about their behaviour and willingness to help others.

Cubs had to contend with inclement weather, which left them with waterfront views, complete with ducks, on the Sunday morning of their recent leadership camp at Tabourie Lake. Photo: Nev Cowgill.

Cubs had to contend with inclement weather, which left them with waterfront views, complete with ducks, on the Sunday morning of their recent leadership camp at Tabourie Lake. Photo: Nev Cowgill.

“These leadership camps are conducted toward the end of a cub’s time in the pack, and assist them to move on to the scout section when they turn 11,” Nev said.

“They learn valuable skills for life in a fun and friendly atmosphere, and quite often make friends for life.

“The other cubs came from places including Goulburn, Jerrabomberra and Bungendore, so they had plenty of new friends to get to know.”

He said that despite inclement weather, the group pushed through and stuck to their schedule.

Luckily, most of the outdoor activities were conducted on the Saturday, before the rain hit and continued through the night.

“Everyone woke on Sunday morning to waterfront views, with some tents even experiencing that floating waterbed feeling,” Nev said with a laugh.

“To everyone’s credit, it was all taken in their stride and the program continued without missing a beat and stayed on time.”

Some areas of the campsite had cub scouts and leaders ankle-deep in water during a recent leadership camp at Tabourie Lake. Photo: Nev Cowgill.

Some areas of the campsite had cub scouts and leaders ankle-deep in water during a recent leadership camp at Tabourie Lake. Photo: Nev Cowgill.

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