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Scouts having fun at 2023 Cuboree

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AN ULTIMATE holiday filled with fun, creating new friends and great memories was experienced by six Cub Scouts, two leaders and one adult helper from Proserpine Cub Scouts recently.  

They travelled by bus to Maryborough, Queensland, for the seventh Queensland Cuboree, held from September 17 to 22, 2023.

They travelled with others from Hibiscus District including Banksia, Mackay City Central and Sarina Cub Scout Sections.

Cuboree is held every two years at Maryborough Showgrounds and caters for around 1,000 people, made up by about780 Cub Scouts and the rest are leaders and adult helpers. 

It is the biggest and most exciting camp that a Cub Scout can attend during their time in the Cub Scout Section. The Theme of the camp was ‘Choose Your Adventure’.  

Youth slept in eight-person bell tents and there was a clean tent award each day. 

At the opening ceremony all the management and unit leaders were introduced.

Plenty of activities were on offer including rope bridge, rope maze, catapult building, ciphers and marble races.

Cubs also enjoyed a joy flight, steam train, damper making and heritage style games, in Queens Park, as well as bottle rockets, paper planes and the very popular colour explosion.

They also spent aday at the Hervey Bay foreshore, swimming, fishing, making sandcastles, and playing games, with the activities run by the Hervey Bay Sea Scouts.

There were also nighttime activities.

The first night was the Opening Ceremony, on the second night there was a disco, on the third night a STEM magic show, and on the fourth night there was a movie.

On the fifth and final night there was a promotional video for the 2025 Australian Jamboree, also being held at Maryborough Showgrounds. Most Cub Scouts that attend Cuboree will be eligible to attend the Jamboree.

There may have been some homesick tears on the first night, however, there were no more until it was time to leave, and the tears were for the newfound friends that the cubs had to leave. 

Cub Scout Leader Sally Griffiths said it was amazing to see the personal growth of the youth members, who were in the patrol that she was in charge of, over the five days.

Leader Rob worked at the seaside activity, teaching and supervising fishing from the beach, and adult helper Tracy was a part of the security team keeping everyone safe and secure onsite.

Contributed by Mary Wallace, DL Hibiscus Coast District. 

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