ADVENTURE TIME: The Boyne Tannum Scouts at one of their camp outs.
ADVENTURE TIME: The Boyne Tannum Scouts at one of their camp outs. Contributed

Scouts mark first year with billy cart derby plan

THINGS are going downhill for the Boyne Tannum Scouts group after they celebrated their first year in February - but that's a very good thing.

Group leader Mark Hodge said it had been a good first year and now the group was trying to organise an annual Billy Cart Derby in Tannum Sands.

"We're hoping to get the start of the race on the Millenium Esplanade but we have to see about getting the road closed," he said.

"It will be great fun for the kids which are what we are all about."

It has been a big year for the group with many of them participating in beach clean-ups.

"We have a lot of kids with environment badges, we have camp craft badges and have learnt how to set up a good and safe fire," he said.

"We've also done the important history of the area and first aid which the Ambulance (officers) came and helped us with."

For most of the kids it's about the games.

"We've played a lot of red rover, capture the flags where the kids try and be stealth in the bush next to our hut," he said. "Some of them weren't too good at being quiet."

Mr Hodge said the club wouldn't be where it was a year after starting without the help from the Calliope Scouts.

"They put in the time to train our leaders so we could do more activities with the kids," he said.

"We are close to our limit of kids with just over 40. We could always do with more leaders though."

The group plans to make its first Jamboree in Sydney in December and has been fundraising at BAM and the BITS Club.



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