Scouts and rangers learn together at Bunga Arm
Wednesday 3 May, 2023
Over 100 members from Scouts Victoria joined Parks Victoria at Bunga Arm Campground to explore nature and practice caring for Sea and Land Country.
During a week-long camping trip, young people from 1st Ivanhoe Sea Scouts, 1st Victoria Sea Scouts, 4th Beaumaris Sea Scouts, 1st Mordialloc Sea Scouts and Rosebud Sea Scouts, connected with nature and learnt more about the seaside environment and ecosystem surrounding Gippsland Lakes.
Scouts practised hands-on skills in sailing, canoeing, camping and cooking through a wide range of activities.
"By seeing the physical impact of litter, it brought home how waste disposal can make a big impact in caring for our parks and environment.”
“Not everyone realises that litter from a suburban street far away in Victoria can end up in our regional parks and beaches. Rubbish impacts many native sea and land creatures like fish and bandicoots surrounding Bunga Arm."
Following the talk, rangers and scouts joined together to collect a rubbish with a focus on collecting micro-plastics.
Many Scouts were surprised to learn that litter like plastic bottles can take up to 250 years to decompose
To read about the successful Scouts Victoria and Parks Victoria Joey Ranger pilot, visit Celebrating Parks Victoria and Scouts Victoria.