Stage set for 12,000 Scouts
MARYBOROUGH will be astounded by the organisational abilities of Scouting Australia when it brings its Australian Jamboree – and 12,000 eager young minds – to Maryborough Showgrounds and Equestrian Park in 2013.
That’s the opinion of Thea Griffin, MSEP co-ordinator, who returned home at the weekend after spending nine days absorbing the atmosphere at the 2010 jamboree in Sydney.
“A million volunteer hours go into staging a national jamboree and it shows,” she said.
“The scale of everything was amazing. There was so much to take in as I went about the site talking to organisers.
“The planning was meticulous for everything from transport, daily activities, catering, supplies and welfare to TV and radio stations and the unbelievably huge stage for entertainment.”
Ms Griffin worked with the 2013 Australian Scout Jamboree organisers for several years leading up to the decision by Scouts Queensland to host the event – held every three years – in Maryborough.
“During that time our services and facilities were closely scrutinised to ensure they would support this massive event.
“As Scouting Australia discovered, MSEP is an excellent site because it already has extensive infrastructure such as water and sewerage with ample capacity for the jamboree. These features along with its location, size, layout and ease of access make MSEP the ideal site to transform into a mini city.”
Two busloads of Fraser Coast Scouts and Scout leaders attended this year’s jamboree.
Among them was patrol leader Cody Hodges, 14, who had a blast meeting fellow Scouts and taking part in outdoor adventures.
“We did tonnes of activities like skateboarding, rock-climbing and we walked ’round Sydney,” he said.
“It’s pretty exciting that it’s coming to Maryborough in 2013.”going scouting
The 2013 jamboree is expected to bring 12,000 Scouts and 10,000 visitors to Maryborough over 12 days
More than 120 buses will take 4000 Scouts and leaders to local events and attractions
The jamboree will have its own shopping centre, radio and television station, newspaper, hospital, fire station, police and security
Fraser Coast council proposes to invest considerable resources to ensure the park’s facilities are in excellent condition for the jamboree