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Registrations Open July 2021
Location: Mt Irvine
Due to COVID 19 restrictions, we are unable to run Wanderee this year.
We intend to use the time slot to arrange a planning meeting at Mt Irvine to look at future directions for Wanderee and to ensure that the event is reflective of the New Youth Program. Depending on restrictions at the time, we hope to be able to include two or three experienced Scouts and two or three Leaders in planning the future of Wanderee.
Wanderee is an opportunity for you to learn how to prepare for a bushwalk and successfully navigate a route that your Patrol has planned. You will navigate to Activity Point where you can undertake badge work. It is a Patrol based activity and all Scouts must be part of a Wanderee Registered Patrol.
Wanderee is held at Mount Irvine in the Blue Mountains and in the adjoining Wollemi National Park. As part of a patrol you will camp for the duration of Wanderee at your designated “Sleep Point”. This is where you will pitch your tent and cook your meals for the duration of the camp.
Map Reading and Navigation training is a compulsory component of Wanderee. Once Leaders are satisfied that you can plan a hike, you undertake a “practice” hike with your Patrol to the Tessellated Pavement (to the North of Mt Irvine). At the “Pavements” you can observe aboriginal engravings. This is about a 2.5 hour return hike. By completing this activity and you will qualify for your Pioneer Level Journey.
Before departing for each day’s activities, your PL will submit a “Route Plan” showing which activities you plan to visit and details of the route you plan to follow. This Route Plan will be checked by a Leader and once given the OK; your Patrol is free to leave your Sleep Point. Your planned route is recorded and at each Activity Point there is a system in operation to track your progress throughout the day. You may need to walk for up to 1 to 1.5 hours between Activity Points and typically you will be at an Activity Point for 2 hours. You will carry a Day Pack with your lunch and other necessary provisions for the day.
Activities you can undertake might include: Bushcraft; Emergencies; Construction; Fire Awareness and Camp Craft.
Your Patrol decides what Activity Points you want to visit and in what order. You are able to nominate the level you want to complete badge work at (i.e. Pioneer, Explorer or Adventurer). Leaders at the Activity Points will be prepared to accommodate all levels of the award scheme. There are many opportunities for Scouts to socialize and there is a camp fire on the Saturday night.
An integral part of the program is the opportunity to provide some community service in appreciation for the land owners allowing us to use their farms. This will be either helping to clear some of the Fire Weed that has invaded the mountain or clearing part of the Community facilities of accumulated vegetation.
Your Sleep Point will be located in a paddock on private land. Cooking is done at communal fire drums which afford good social interaction. A minimum of 2 kitchen/dining fly’s and BBQs, with a central camp wash up will be provided. Each patrol is responsible for providing it’s own food. Your Sleep Point and the more remote Activity Points will have an adequate number of portable toilets. There is a toilet at the Mt Irvine Hall and we also have access to toilets in private dwellings.
You should bring a spare pair of shoes that they do not mind getting wet, for example, Volley sandshoes. Spare socks should also be brought along. If the weather is forecast to be wet, gum boots could be a useful addition to your normal wet weather gear!
What about Refunds and Cancellations.
In the event of a person withdrawing from your Patrol after the closing date as listed in the information for Wanderee, refunds will not be made except in exceptional circumstances, and then only at the discretion of the Wanderee Coordinators. Arrangements should be made by the Patrol to substitute a new patrol member and amending the Patrol registration of any updates to Patrol members. Withdrawing your registration before the closing date receives a total refund.
If the event is cancelled prior to the registration closing date, full refunds will be made. If the event is cancelled after the registration closing date, then the organisers will refund to applicants the maximum amount available after all non-cancellable expenses have been paid. Cancellations close to the event date would normally only be made due to severe weather conditions. In the event that a Total Fire Ban is in place over the area of the event, then the event would continue but with restricted cooking arrangements. In the event that there is an Extreme Fire Danger declared then the event would be cancelled.
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