Super Scouts take on challenges and evil forces in Region Rally

SOARING OVER FIELDS: Liam Logan, 1st Wagga Scout, soaring through the air on the flying fox. Picture: James Pitstock
SOARING OVER FIELDS: Liam Logan, 1st Wagga Scout, soaring through the air on the flying fox. Picture: James Pitstock

Scouts from 1st Wagga and 1st Kooringal tested their superpowers and scouting skills when they competed in the Super Heroes themed Region Rally, a Riverina competition camp.

Around 100 Scouts from across the region bunked down together at the site, fondly referred to as S.H.I.E.L.D. headquarters, for a weekend of fun, adventure and fighting the forces of evil on the last weekend of May.

Joe Mack, Riverina Region Commissioner and 1st Wagga Scout Leader, said it was great to see all the members take on the challenge.

"It's the premiere event for the region," he said.

"The kids know when they get there to get straight into it because it's a competition.

"It gives them some independence, they learn responsibility, they learn to be self-sufficient and it helps them with leadership skills."

On Saturday morning, each patrol of Scouts was provided a topographic map with any tracks removed, and a set of coordinates for ten bases spread throughout the large bush setting.

Navigating with only map and compass, and being totally self-sufficient for the day, the Scouts set off on foot to find their way around a range of challenge and fun bases.

The competition bases tested and scored the Scouts' navigation, teamwork, construction, leadership, coordination and problem-solving skills.

"It gives them some independence, they learn responsibility, they learn to be self-sufficient and it helps them with leadership skills."

Joe Mack

Bases included archery, crate stacking, building a self-supporting Da Vinci Bridge, building and target shooting giant slingshots, and constructing a "vehicle" from old bikes, timber poles and ropes to transport the whole patrol over a course to retrieve a flag.

While the scores were being tallied on Sunday morning, the Scouts enjoyed some high-adrenalin activities such as the rock climbing and abseiling wall and flying fox, as well as a campfire cooking competition.

Mr Mack said numbers of Scouts are increasing in the Riverina.

"I think it comes down to the kids having more of a chance to be adventurous and get away from the computers," he said. "It's great to see their confidence grow throughout the rally."