Tyrin Careless (left) and Hunter Brown (right) have their swags packed as they head off to Brisbane to volunteer at a Scouts Queensland camp for children with disabilities and special needs. Photo Sharyn O'Neill / The Morning Bulletin
Tyrin Careless (left) and Hunter Brown (right) have their swags packed as they head off to Brisbane to volunteer at a Scouts Queensland camp for children with disabilities and special needs. Photo Sharyn O'Neill / The Morning Bulletin Sharyn O'Neill

Scouts volunteer time to help people with disabilities

LIKE many 12-year-olds, Hunter Brown and Tyrin Careless have spent part of their school holidays camping.

In their case, the Rockhampton boys volunteered their time to help at a Scouts Queensland camp in Brisbane for children with disabilities and special needs.

The pair, who have been friends for years, as well as dedicated scouts, volunteered to attend Agoonoree, the 34th camp of its kind where children with varying disabilities and special needs had six days to experience a range of activities and fun with Scouts Queensland.

Among the youngest of the volunteers, and the only two from the region, Tyrin believed it would be a great way to meet new friends, learn things and have a lot of fun.

"I thought it would be a good experience," Tyrin said.

Hunter, although admitting to being a bit nervous before they headed off, as they didn't know anyone else going, said camps were full of adventure.

"You get to do things you normally wouldn't do in everyday life," Hunter said.

The camp started on September 20 and finished Thursday at Baden-Powell Park, Samford, hosting about 400 campers.

The campsite has its own radio station, newspaper, hospital and night activities area. This year's theme is based on a monopoly board.

Camp chief Melita Goff said activities include things like slip and slide, camp craft, swimming, movies, a disco and games.

"It is truly amazing to see young kids in their wheelchair being carefully lowered down an abseiling tower with their guide," Melita said.

"Their smiles are so heart-warming."

Chief Commissioner for Scouts Queensland, Kirsty Brown OAM, said Agoonoree reflects what scouting is about.

"The camp benefits all the children who attend, but in particular it is the team of qualified leaders and older scouts and guides taking on a carer role at the camp who receive an immense sense of pride and gratification."



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