Les Explorateurs

Segment 2, April 2013

Cubs and Scouts (Les Louveteaux et Les Intrepids)

On Friday 12 April 2013, 10 Cubs, 2 Scouts, a Cub Leader, a Group Leader, and several Adult Helpers from Les Explorateurs (one of Canberra’s newest Scout groups and the only French-speaking one) went to Mt Clear in Namadgi National Park for a JoTT and the first Scouting the Boundary 2013 hike in the ACT.

Once there, we set up the tents and gazebos for a rather hurried dinner of hotdogs before the usual last-minute fiasco of missing pyjamas, teddy bears, sleeping masks and bed socks while people were trying to get to sleep, not to mention the seemingly endless toilet trips.

The next morning, after breakfast, we packed our bags.  There was a slight delay in our departure as teddies that had been smuggled into daypacks were ousted by an irate Raksha.  Eventually, we were on our walk along the boundary of the ACT.

Les Explorateurs Cubs and Scouts lined up at the start of the hike.

Les Explorateurs Cubs and Scouts lined up at the start of the hike.

We placed four geocaches, and named them in French. The first was placed where we had lunch and the last one marked the endpoint of our 6 km round trip.

We placed our first geocache (Les Terminator) around here somewhere.

We placed our first geocache (Les Terminator) around here somewhere.

Our trickiest geocache stash.  It was called 'en haut', which is a French hint for where to find it.

Our trickiest geocache stash. It was called ‘en haut’, which is a French hint for where to find it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As we walked back to camp, we looked for the original surveyors’ marks blazed into trees.  A ten dollar reward for finding these was posted by Audax, our Group Leader.   Two were found: one by Audax and one by a Scout.

That evening, we made a fire on which to cook chilli con carne for the Bushcraft L2 badge. It was delicious; as were the marshmallows and trifle we had for dessert. On Sunday we finished the Bushcraft and Naturalist badges and packed up, all very tired and very happy.

Since our return, and since the geocaches were registered online, several serious geocachers have gone looking for our caches.  The online comments we have received on our positions have all been positive:  a great start to geocaching for Les Explorateurs!

By Jessica K (Scout)

Jason and Caitlin discovered a 100 year old "blaze tree" survey mark.

Jason and Caitlin discovered a 100 year old “blaze tree” survey mark.

Max, Callum and Anna at the second blaze tree we found on the Scouting the Boundary hike.

Max, Callum and Anna at the second blaze tree we found on the Scouting the Boundary hike.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our closing parade at the Horse Pound at Mt. Clear campground.

Our closing parade at the Horse Pound at Mt. Clear campground.

 

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