In a world where screens and social media seem to be taking over, parents are on the hunt for ways to keep kids active.
The Scouts are experiencing a surge in popularity. Across the weekend the state’s biggest players convened on Wagga’s Camp Kurragong, for a massive two days of personal development and future thinking.
First Kooringal Group Leader Brad Addison said the summit was a great success.
“Just to have group leaders from all over the state come together and share stories and experiences with each other has been great,” he said.
He said the size of his Kooringal group has more than doubled in the last three years.
“One of the first thing parents say to me is they want to get kids away from screens but it’s so much more than that, it’s about problem solving, resilience, investing in kids because they’re the leaders of the future,” he said.
The grandson of the founder of the Scouts movement, Michael Baden-Powell was also in attendance. He said he believed the original scout, Lord Baden-Powell would be proud of the reach of the now global peace movement.
“He was a very far sighted person, I think he would be absolutely overjoyed to see the numbers have grown in the manner they have done,” he said.
Youth members were also invited to have their say, which NSW deputy chief commissioner Belinda Francis says is vital for the “youth-led” organisation.
Camp Kurrajong was completely booked-out for the event.
“Our country regions are as important as our city regions, having our first summit in Wagga validates that,” Ms Francis said.