Adventures at Kariong Cub Camp – Mar 18

With much trepidation (by the Leaders and Parent Helpers!) we loaded 19 very enthusiastic Cubs into a convoy of cars, and headed north to Camp Kariong. A major incident on the freeway meant a late arrival into our leafy campsite at Camp Kariong, and the parents quickly got dinner organised while the Cubs not-so-quickly pitched their tents.

Despite a late evening the Cubs were up bright and early on Saturday morning, and ready for a cooked breakfast before the day’s activities.

As the forecast was for a hot day, we set off straight after breakfast for our bushwalk. The 5km Piles Creek Loop track in the Brisbane Water National Park is described as a “short but challenging” Grade 5 walk, so it will hopefully challenge the Cubs (although they proved to be a pretty hardy bunch on our very wet walk the previous week! The track is quite varied, traversing eucalypt forest and crossing the deep gorge of Piles Creek past waterfalls and scenic clearings, and across a suspension bridge.

After lunch at the Girrakool Picnic Area, we head back to camp. As the day is getting pretty warm, we cool off with a swim in a natural swimming hole.

After dinner (nachos), we have seven new Cubs to invest, which we do at a stunning location overlooking the Brisbane Water National Park, as the sun sets in the background…

It’s been a long day, so what better way to finish than a baked apple stuffed with Mars Bar & marshmallows, cooked in the campfire! It’s out last fire – no breakfast damper on the campfire the following morning, as a total fire ban being has been declared on Sunday,

Despite the following day being forecast to hit 40 degrees, it’s a cold night. All the Cubs sleep soundly in their tents, and mercifully wake up a little later than they did on the previous day (the strategy of exhausting them on our bushwalk must have paid off). After bravely defending our camp from one of three goannas – named Jimmy, Billy and Madeline by the Cubs – it’s time for some more outdoor fun.

We’ve invited the 2nd Gordon Rover crew down on Sunday morning to create a few activities, and they do a fantastic job challenging the Cubs with abseiling

crate stacking, where the Cubs attempt to build a stack of crates up to 3m in height…

horizontal bungee jumping, where the Cubs are tied to a tree with bungee cord as they compete in pairs to reach a balloon…

…and last but not least, slack-lining between two trees, over a dangerous void of quite prickly grass (no Cubs were harmed in this exercise).

That concluded our camp – we enjoyed lunch with the Rovers, and headed back to Sydney, as the temperature soared to the 38 degrees – the hottest day this late in March since 1940!

A big thanks to our Parent Helpers. We’re already looking forward to our next Cub Camp!