After almost a week of rain, storms and flood, we’re greeted by a sunny Friday for our Autumn Cub Camp at Kariong, about an hour north of Sydney. It’s our largest Cub camp for a long time, with almost 30 Cubs attending the two-night event. (See more photos in the Cub Photo Gallery.)
We have a late dinner on Friday, after putting up 22 tents to accommodate our Cubs, Leaders and Parent Helpers.
Saturday morning begins with a bushwalk after breakfast: starting from the Scout Camp, we walk via the Piles Creek Loop to Girrakool. (The Piles Creek Loop is a varied but relatively challenging walk, which usually starts from the Girrakool picnic area.)
The first hour of the bushwalk is (relatively) easy, as we descend past the Piles Creek Lookout to the Phil Houghton Bridge (suspension bridge) over Piles Creek. Here we enjoy a short break, at one of the informal Great North Walk camp sites on the other side of Piles Creek. So far, no leeches and only minor complaints about sore legs!
From here it’s uphill, with the track climbing fairly relentlessly between enormous boulders, under rock overhangs and past towering cliffs.
Just before we reach the Girrakool picnic area where we’ve arranged transport by car back to the camp, we ask if any Cubs want to complete the circuit and walk back to the Scout Camp. I’m not expecting an enthusiastic response… but six Cubs are keen to continue on foot. Well done to AJ, Angus, Chris, Isaac, Lucas and Rhys complete the full loop!
There’s some well-deserved free time in the afternoon, including a swim in the camp waterhole.
Just before dinner we take advantage of a spectacular setting above a waterfall to invest five new Cubs, and to welcome two Cubs who have joined us from other groups.
The day ends with a Hawaiian-themed dinner, and some skits and fun around the campfire.
Our final day starts off very seriously, as we focus on our Outdoor Adventure Skills (OAS). The Cubs rotate around four “stations” in which we cover….
Navigation and map-reading skills with Javier
Essential Knots with Darren
First aid with Karien
Bush survival skills with Garry
Another fantastic camp – a big thanks to David (Camp Manager) who hosted us, Javier who took on the onerous task of organising the camp with support from the 2G Leaders, and to all the Parent Helpers who assisted over the three days. We’re looking forward to an even bigger camp in October…