Over 200 youth and adults joined in the fun at the Waiapu Zone Centennial Scout Camp at Puketapu Domain, near Taradale, last weekend. The camp, marking 100 years of scouting worldwide, saw seven Scout groups from around Hawkes Bay, camp out for two nights and have a full weekend of fun! For many Cubs (ages 7-10) and Scouts (10-14) this was there first camp outdoors, and away from home.
The Keas (ages 5-7) visited on Saturday afternoon, all eager to have some fun of their own! Throughout the weekend the Scouts worked in patrols to achieve certain challenges, like canoeing down the river, making a shelter using limited resources, building a raft and trying it out, constructing a catapult which fired water balloons, and walking over one of New Zealand's longest swing bridges at Scouting Waiapu's Weka Campsite.
Scouting Waiapu hosted a Scout campfire on Saturday night, a Scout tradition from when Scouting began 100 years ago. It was also an opportunity for the young people to experience one of the many exciting activities that make Scouting so unique from other youth organisations. Campfire Chief Ken Crombie, emphasised that a Scout is a friend to all, no mater what race, colour, creed or nationality.
Over the weekend the camp played host to over 100 Cubs who participated in many fantastic activities, including working towards their athletics badge, making pancakes, apple bobbing, building shelters and having a go at a confidence course.
The camp concluded with a huge water fight, which coincided with the school term's national theme `Way to go H2O'. Scouting Waiapu would like to say a big thank you to all that took part, including the Baden-Powell Guild, and especially the members of the public who took the time to come and visit the site.