From 2nd to 12th January over 11,000 Scouts and leaders gathered at AJ2013, the Australian Scout Jamboree in Maryborough on Queensland’s Frazer Coast. ShelterBox was there to give the Scouts an opportunity to learn about disaster relief, play the Young ShelterBox Game and compete in a midi-tent erection competition.
A ShelterBox display with box contents, photos from deployments and a video presentation was manned by directors, Greville Easte and Mike Greenslade who gave Scouts and overview of the charity’s disaster relief work, encouraging them to think what would they need if they had lost everything (not surprisingly, “food” was the most popular answer!). The hundreds of troops of Scouts that passed through the stand also learnt about the role that Scouts have played in other countries, helping ShelterBox distribute boxes and set up tents.
Mike said, “Many were surprised to learn that Scouts had helped us on deployments in Kenya, Haiti, Brazil, Peru, Columbia and many other countries. Right now, Scouts are helping us in the Philippines. We hope to be working more closely with Scouts in Australia to raise awareness of our work and lift the profile of both of our organisations”
Scouts visiting the International Tent were also given the opportunity to play the Young ShelterBox Interactive Game. Developed by Greville Easte and Queensland Ambassador, Jennie Schoof with funds from the Rotary Club of Capalaba, the game teaches children of all ages about ShelterBox, disaster relief and disaster preparedness as they they move around the oversized board at the roll of a giant dice. There was also a ShelterBox tent challenge, with troops racing against the clock to set up one of our midi-tents, with the winning team from WA taking the honours in a lighting fast 4min 21secs!