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Scouts Hike At Fortescue Bay

posted Jan 18, 2017, 4:49 PM by Paul Bartlett
Submitted by ianbrunker on 9 April 2014 - 3:52pm

On Friday 4th April 9 scouts and 5 adults set up camp at Fortescue Bay. Most were young (11 or 12) and inexperienced at hiking or scout camping. Not by the end of the weekend. After setting up camp in the dark and having some supper we turned in for the evening. Next day we had a lazy morning and then went for a hike to Cape Hauy; about 4.4 kms each way up and down steps. With the only mishap being a skinned knee we took 2.5 hours out there and 1.5 hours to get back (always seems to be quicker on the return journey) and had a pleasant lunch overlooking the ocean and seals. We were then joined by another scout after soccer Saturday morning. As the weather for the weekend was a lovely calm 20 degrees, most of the scouts and one brave parent decided a swim was in order at the glorious beach. After a swim and play on beach the scouts cooked themselves dinner and we went on a night hike to search for little penguins. Penguins are too smart for scouts by the looks of things as we didn't find any. So we went back to camp for a fire and marshmallows (and chocolate and biscuits and fruit and cake and ...). Next morning we packed up camp and went on a hike in the other direction; canoe bay. We had lunch at canoe bay and returned for a swim before heading back to civilisation. What a great camp with great weather to introduce the younger scouts to packing for a hike and organising and preparing your own meals.

Ian


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