Attending the ACT Branch camp over the Canberra Day long weekend were members of the newly formed Air Scouts Canberra Thunderbirds Patrol: Josie Bennetts, Alexander Jobson, Robbie Dixon, Mirani Parker and Logan Davis.
On the Saturday, they set up camp in the late morning and attended the noon opening ceremony of the new Eco Village (also known as the Shakespeare Centre for Scouting in recognition of the donation that lead to its construction after the 2003 Bushfires had destroyed the previous facility closer to the Murrumbidgee / Cotter River confluence).
After a quick lunch they were off to Casuarina Sands for the Scout Raft Regatta. It was a hotly contested event and due to the multi-aspect scoring system, a decision was not immediately announced. Judging criteria included assessment of: raft design, construction, teamwork both on and off the water, and the all important raft performance aspect. Many lessons were learned, especially the importance of prior planning, rehearsal and dealing with adversity and setbacks. The Air Scouts Canberra team was announced as winners at the closing parade on Sunday afternoon and were presented with "George" the perpetual ACT Scouts Raft Regatta Trophy by Scouts Commissioner, Rob Fredericksen.
Attached photo of the winning team : Victorious Air Scouts Canberra "Thunderbirds", holding "George".