Scouts set to point compasses for home
SCOUTS from across the world will begin to say farewell to the Fraser Coast tonight as they wrap up an 11-day extravaganza that has pumped up to $80 million into the region's economy.
From Adelaide Hills, Emily Keen, 14 and Cooper Robertson, 11, were among the 11,500 scouts who have spent the past 10 days exploring Maryborough, swimming at Hervey Bay, bussing to Australia Zoo and testing their nerves on activities at the Maryborough Showgrounds.
Both scouts said one of their favourite parts of the massive event was Explore It!, an activity that saw them race around Maryborough.
"It was very nice, very different from home," Emily said.
"The history was really interesting."
For Cooper, Maryborough Town Hall held his interest as well as swapping badges with other scouts from every state in Australia as well as a few troops from countries such as Indonesia, Japan and New Zealand.
Performer Tim-o-Matic was the highlight of the big night time concerts for both Emily and Cooper.
Saturday night's closing ceremony will feature another mystery performer as well as fireworks.
Comedian Josh Thomas and singers Jessica Mauboy and Reece Mastin were some of the star performers to appear before the scouts.
Emily and Cooper will be among the thousands of scouts due to leave tomorrow, with the first bus of scouts expected to leave at 11 tonight.