More than 10,000 Scouts descend on the Bend Motorsport Park at Tailem Bend for AJ 2019

South Australia’s ninth largest town is springing up as 8500 Scouts and their 2200 leaders begin arriving today for the 25th Australian Scout Jamboree.

South Australia’s ninth largest town is springing up as 8500 Scouts and their 2200 leaders begin arriving on Thursday for the 25th Australian Scout Jamboree.

Heading for Tailem Bend Motorsports Park, the Scouts, aged 11-14, are gearing up for 10 days of adventures in 150 different activities.

Along with the 700 South Australians, Scouts are coming from all over Australia, with some from Africa, Asia, Europe and North America.

They will be having the time of their lives doing land yachting, ice skating, high tech and trades activities, water activities at Wellington, challenge courses at Woodhouse – and a nightly show.

The Jamboree town has its own newspaper and radio station which will be relayed by Scouting Radio. But there’s no free lunch. The Scouts have to cook and clean up for themselves.

You may see Scouts throughout the city – they can go on a “Metro Mania” adventure, ending up in Glenelg or Port Adelaide.

The Scouts work in patrols of six, and select from the range of activities each day, Jamboree marketing director Kathrine Hastwell said.

“It’s choose your own adventure,” she said. “It’s not just about making friendships, it’s resilience building as well.”

Local Scouts Annie, Rohan and Mahalia, all 13, were on hand yesterday to help out as the massive job of setting up tents, bathrooms and action stations is finished off.

“I’m looking forward to all the different activities and also hanging out with friends - and also getting to make new ones,” Mahalia said.

Coming down from the 10m rock climb, one of the harder ones he had ever tried, Rohan said the view from the top of the town under construction was “pretty cool”.

He said he was looking forward to specialist activities like motor sport and gliding.

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