Sea Scouts conquer Bunga Arm: A Nautical adventure!!
Australia Day weekend was an exciting adventure for 90 Sea Scouts as they camped at Bunga Arm. The 250-metre sand barrier, formed over thousands of years, separated the calm waters of the Gippsland Lakes from the rough ocean swells of Bass Strait, providing a unique and thrilling experience for the Scouts. The camp was the result of a year-long preparation process and a testament to the Scouting principle of "Learning by Doing."
The camp brought together groups from 1st Ivanhoe, 1st Victorian Sea Scouts, 4th Beaumaris, 1st Mordialloc, and Rosebud Sea Scouts, who previously lacked the trained Leaders and sailing skills to embark on a multiday sailing journey in a remote location. The trip provided the opportunity for the Scouts to hone their sailing skills and knowledge, building confidence and creating lifelong memories.
One of the highlights of the trip was the beach clean-up and weeding activity, which allowed the Scouts to give back to their community and leave the location in a better state than when they arrived. The interaction with Parks Victoria Rangers was also valuable, providing the scouts with a deeper appreciation and respect for the natural environment.
Sailing from the mainland to Bunga Arm with all the necessary equipment was an exciting challenge, but the Scouts rose to the occasion, demonstrating leadership, clear communication, and a connection with the natural environment. Canoeing, exploring the islands, and fishing offered even more opportunities for fun and adventure.
The partnership between Parks Victoria and Scouts Victoria gives certainty provides the opportunity for Scouts to assist in the management of their shared natural environment. The experience was an amazing and one that they hope to repeat in 2024.