Scouts raising money to attend Jamboree

By Madeleine Caccianiga

Seven Shepparton youth Scouts and two Scout leaders are fundraising their way to next year’s 25th Australian Scout Jamboree.

The Jamboree is a 10-day Scout camp that is described as an experience of a lifetime, where a group of 10000 from across Australia become friends.

First North Shepparton group leader Christy Gray said the Jamboree experience was well worth the fundrasing efforts.

‘‘It is an amazing experience where the youth are actually camping and self-sufficient for the 10 days, so the leaders are there to support them, but they’re basically running their own lives,’’ Mrs Gray said.

She said the Scouts would continue to be out in the community fundraising until the end of the year.

‘‘We have our Jolly Sole socks as our main fundraiser, which they will also continue to sell while at Jamboree as part of the program,’’ Mrs Gray said.

Next year’s Jamboree will be in The Bend Motorsports Park, Tailem Bend, in South Australia.

‘‘The kids will actually travel on a bus to South Australia with other youths from all over the region, so they will meet kids from all over Australia,’’ Mrs Gray said.

Courtney Gray, 12, Saxon Stray, 13, and Lee Reynolds, 13 are three of the Scouts who will be taking the trip in January.

‘‘It will be a really good experience and we’ll have heaps of fun getting to meet new people from all over Australia,’’ Courtney said.

For more information or to make a donation, phone Mrs Gray on 0409140780 or email gl.1stnorthshepparton@