Rain and clouds weren't enough to stop more than a dozen Joeys, Cubs and Scouts aged 7-14 from 5th Footscray Scout Group participating in National Tree Planting Day. Despite the poor weather, the Scouts worked enthusiastically alongside the Friends of Cruickshank Park to help plant trees and ground cover near the new playground outside Clare Court Kindergarten.
"It's great fun, actually," said Matt, 14, who spent the afternoon helping younger Cubs and Joeys with the planting process. Leaders were not surprised at how willing Scouts were to help. "Giving back to the community is a big part of Scouting," said Scout Leader Jonas Anderson. "It's great to see so many of our youth members keen to help care for the parks they enjoy so much."
They may not be old enough to drive, but that didn't stop 5th Footscray Scouts when they arrived at this year's District Scout Billy Cart Derby. Throughout the day, 18 5th Footscray Scouts competed in a variety of events against Scouts from across the District.
"Scouting isn't about winning, it's about friendship and fun. The enthusiasm and spirit seen in our Scouts today was spectacular - they're a team who works together and are enjoying adventures like this that they wouldn't normally get to try," said Scout Leader Jonas Anderson
Although next year's Billy Cart Derby is 12 months away, the Scouts are already keen to begin preparations. New, faster billy carts and even a local event organised by the Scouts themselves were both discussed. When it comes to making their own adventures, 5th Footscray Scouts are never far from excitement.