What do you get when you combine 22 scouts, 11 leaders, a wheel barrow fill of fire, water pistols, party poppers and enough food to feed an army? A fun filled weekend and about four hours sleep.
Senior scouts from Nelson, Tasman and Marlborough took part in the annual Sandford Course camp this weekend at Bethany Park in Kaiteriteri in order to achieve their Sandford badge and gain leadership skills to take back to their groups.
The camp encompassed both practical leadership activities as well as motivational talks designed to make leading a patrol a more simple task for patrol leaders and assistant patrol leaders.
A surprise ten minute dance party broke up a quiet discussion halfway through the course.
Zone leader Michael Smith says it’s the scouts themselves who should be taking charge of group planning and that’s what this course helps to establish.
“It’s our young people of society who are learning to be better team leaders.”