Local scout Charlie Campbell, aged 13, will be attending the 21st New Zealand Jamboree in Renwick, Marlborough Region in December and January. Charlie will be the only scout from Braidwood attending, and one of only 250 Australians attending and part of a small group representing the Southern Tablelands.
Charlie’s journey began when she attended the Australian Jamboree in January and saw a poster for the New Zealand event. Charlie had to work hard to qualify for the event, needing to reach an Explorer Level Cord, which required her to complete badges in Citizenship, Camp-craft and an elective. She is also required to have slept under canvas for a minimum of ten nights and be approved by her group leader.
Charlie has been involved with Scouts for 6 years, starting as a Joey, then a Cub and now as a Scout. She was part of the 1st Bungendore Scout Group for five years, until her family moved to Braidwood and was part of a group that restarted the 1st Braidwood Scout Group.
Charlie is very excited to travel overseas and to meet scouts from different countries. While she is aware of some of the activities she will participate in at the Jamboree, a lot of activities are kept a secret. She says she can’t wait to go in a helicopter, camp in the New Zealand forest and try archery and maybe rifle shooting.
Charlie will be travelling to New Zealand beforehand with her family, to visit her grandparents over Christmas.
On Saturday November 26 Charlie and Chris Campbell will be selling homemade cookies in Ryrie Park to help fund her trip.
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