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Camping at home to commemorate Anzac Day

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The coronavirus pandemic will not stop Scouts from commemorating the fallen this year.

The organisation has launched a new campaign – Camp@Home – a camping experience this weekend that encourages Scouts to commemorate Anzac Day.

“Our Australian culture, our heritage and the Anzac Spirt is a major part of the Scouting programme,” Scouts District Commissioner for Lake Macquarie City, Hunter and Coastal Region Bryce Hoffman said.

“Anzac Day is a significant part of the Scouting calendar, where we march at ceremonies, support the community and assist the RSL.”

“With Anzac Day occurring so early in the lockdown, and it being so important to Australian Scouting, I like to think that it might actually be the spirit of [the] Anzacs that fired up the enthusiasm within the movement that has so many dedicated volunteers creatively constructing activities and working outside of the box.”

Scouts have also launched a new online platform.

Scouting@Home is an initiative designed to keep youth, Scout leaders and their families engaged from the safety of their own homes.

With face-to-face gatherings suspended for the foreseeable future, pushing activities to alternative platforms was a priority for the 113-year old organisation.

“Scouting does not exist in a void,” Mr Hoffman said.

“It is a very community and family focussed organisation [and] although we are physically isolating, it does not mean we need to virtually isolate.”

Mr Hoffman said the program came about in response to the need to keep members safe.

“The type of activities that are being provided through Scouting@Home are fun and engaging and suited to give families in isolation both something to fun to do and to allow them to indeed connect with others while in lockdown,” he said.

Mr Hoffman hoped both of these movements help people get through the pandemic.

“I like to view this whole thing as an opportunity of how we can do things both differently and, in many cases, better,” he said.

“Many people are struggling; I’m hoping we can help out and make it just that bit better.”

Mr Hoffman added that Scouts is for everyone and that it is very worthwhile and will help you make a difference in the community.

If anyone in the Hunter region is interested in becoming a Scout give 1300 858 464 a call and they will put you in touch with your closest group.

Alternatively, you can also sign up online.

Visit the NSW Scouts website for more information.

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