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Troop Camp September 2017

posted Sep 17, 2017, 7:02 PM by Scout Leader   [ updated Sep 17, 2017, 7:04 PM ]

At Troop Camp, we had 17 Scouts and 3 Leaders who spent the night on the ground inside the bottom hall area in just blankets, day clothes and a sleeping bag to raise awareness for homelessness. Earlier in the day, we had Robert and Frugal from Vinnies talk to us about homelessness, how it can happen, what it looks like, and how we can help. Robert drives one of the three Louis’ Food Vans in the Hobart, Glenorchy and Brighton area, and brought it along so we could have a look. He explained the different components of the van, which included a drawer of warm clothes, a massive hot water urn, and another drawer full of blankets. We learned some people in our area rely on the van turning up six nights a week, and wouldn’t be surviving without it. Frugal and Robert shared personal stories, and their main message was to "check on our mates."

Eli read out "The Story of Stone Soup" before we all pitched in to make "Stone Soup," or minestrone soup to eat for dinner. We had different jobs that included cutting, cooking, and supervising (which was the Leaders job). We all agreed it tasted really good because we all helped to make it.

At the end of the weekend, everyone gave up the blankets they used to Eli, who dropped them off at Vinnies later that Sunday. We also collected non-perishable food, which was delivered with the blankets. We gave Vinnies a car boot full of blankets, $150 (from camp fees) and a box of food.

Overall, the camp was highly enjoyable and successful. The Troop learned lots and had fun too- a very good mix! Congratulations to Eli for organising this camp!

(See the attached photo of Eli donating the goods)
Scout Leader,
Sep 17, 2017, 7:04 PM