Changing a car’s punctured tyre was new to 13-year-old Tiger Teremoana – and the good thing was, he learnt it without being stranded on a back road somewhere!
Tiger was attending his first New Zealand Scouts Jamboree near Hamilton – a large rally of scouts or guides, taking place just once every three years.
“It was a great experience for me,” he says. “I was taught new things like how top change a car tyre. I tried archery, we camped at a lake, pitched up our own tent and did many water activities.
“I learnt new life skills, made new friendships and learned more about working as a team.”
The Jamboree is where Scouts (aged 11 to 15) are given an opportunity to work together in teams, and build up their self-confidence.
Francis Akava, 14, from Nukutere College, joined the St Joseph’s group five years ago when he was in year 5.
He was excited to attend his first Jamboree says he has made many new friendships.
For Francis, the highlight of the camp was their team winning time challenge to push a car the length of the course. They managed to do it in just 2.15 seconds.
“The whole camp time was a lot of fun and I’m looking forward to attending the next Jamboree.”
Nukuiva Tetava, 15, also from Nukutere, has been a scout for eight years and continues to enjoy the opportunities, activities and skills, being a member offers.
For the first time he had the experience of driving a digger: “It was cool and good to gain understanding of what goes into driving this powerful machine.
“The brotherhood is very strong, we learn survival skills, crafting, and it’s so much fun.
“It’s about sticking together, it’s a good movement for boys.”
Maru enjoys meeting new people from different countries and said attending the New Zealand Jamboree for the second time was amazing. “It’s a great opportunity for young boys to learn and to see things first hand, you learn different things – it’s not about just you, it’s also about team work.”
Members of the Venturer groups all over the world, take part in the Jamboree as working volunteers.
Cook Islands Scout Commissioner John Paul Wilson led the delegation of 27 team members to the Jamboree, attended by more than 6,000 people.
It’s a chance to learn critical thinking and independence, he says. “This is a time when the kids can see what they are capable of, what they can achieve and how important it is to get on with others when working in a team.
“It builds character.”
The range of activities that included the Waitomo caves, abseiling, rock climbing, challenge valley, flight assimilators, camping at Lake Karapiro, building their own rafts, sailing, kayaking, were fantastic for the boys, said Wilson.
Safety and security measures were professionally organized, “ the presence of Police, Fire department and medical teams were everywhere.”
Scouts who attend this, will grow their increased confidence, said Wilson.
Sixteen Scout members (3 from Mauke), four Venturer Staff Team and seven leaders made up the team to New Zealand.
The group were stationed at the Mystery Creek Events Centre, near Hamilton for 11 days hosted by the Central and South Taranaki Troupes.
27 Cook Islands Scouts, Venturer Support Team and Leader members that travelled to the popular
Leaders: Benjamin Maxwell – Group Leader for St Joseph Troop, Taikanapa Tomokino – Scout Leader SJT, Heiarii Matakino – Scout Leader SJT, Tuakana Makara – Group Leader - Scared Heart Troop. Basilio Kaokao – Group Leader – Mauke Scout Troop, Toru Mateariki – Parent.