11th to sunday 12 June 2016
Traditionally the South East
Queensland group hosts this weekend camp meet in June as it usually falls on
the Queens Birthday Long weekend and we have the scouts grounds to
ourselves. Well not this year for Queensland as our Government decided to
change it again and transfer it to October. This didn't deter our members at
all with one coming out for one night, some two nights, some three and eight
members making it a four night stay. We had a total of 26 campers in a
variety of camping styles from soft floors, hard floors, forward fold,
hybrids and caravans and two day visitors.
We had a number of first time members to the group and they were made
welcome. Queensland also made a warm welcome to a number of our New South
Wales members in fact we had seven members make the journey from as far away
as Orange, Sydney, Stockton, Moree and Tenterfield. They enjoyed the venue
and a few of them also did a day drive to check out the surrounding area and
a couple of the members then ventured further north to enjoy more of outback
Queensland. Much rivalry was to be had between the two states with many a
discussion on all things like camping, football and one comment was that we
had one fire for NSW and one for Queensland but everyone came and had some
times around either fire. We even put on reasonable weather, not too cold
and just a few spots of wet weather unlike the weekend before where both
Queensland and New South Wales coped a deluge.
This year once again everyone chose to camp below the main fence line to
take in as much of the view of the dam which unfortunately is only at 5
percent capacity at present. The sunsets were brilliant as well as the many
species of birds. The horses from around the dam did their nightly visits,
trying out the fires and one even trying to steal a mat out from under the
shower tent. The cattle became game enough and came to visit on the Monday
Camping brings out the best of people as there were many hands on deck to
help out Greg and Lisa who were having a few issues with the lights on the
caravan which turned out to be a problem with the car. All was good and they
went home maybe later than they planned but at least had lights.
On Sunday Kathy and Lindsay celebrated their birthdays and a cake was cooked
after tea and people around the fire shared a piece as everyone sang happy
birthday. I am sorry that some of the regulars had to go home on the Sunday
due to missing Monday as a holiday and missed out as it is the first cake I
have made in a long time. So sorry Rick especially who was asking when was
my midnight cake going to make a come back the day before but it was only
made for a special occasion and was not at midnight either.
Thank you to everyone who came along and I hope you enjoyed the weekend as
much as we did as hosts. Until next time.
Robyn and Lindsay.