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Group Camp - 14-16 September, 2018

posted 10 Aug 2018, 04:51 by Epping Scout Group   [ updated 10 Aug 2018, 05:08 ]

GROUP CAMP:  Group Camp for 2018 will be held at Wombeyan Caves, about 80kms north of Goulburn.  

Group Camp is where all sections of the Epping Group, including 1st Epping Rovers, are invited to a weekend camp together.  There will be sectional activities and also some group activities.  I am hoping that the Rovers will be cooking something special for Dinner on Saturday.  Because of the longer than normal travel time (3 hours), I am inviting the parents and other family members to come along and stay for the weekend.  I have organised for our Group to be taken on our own Guided Tour of the caves.  There will be activities within each section and also with other sections.

Joeys must have a parent at the camp all times.  

ARRIVAL:  For those arriving on Friday check in anytime after 2pm For those arriving on Saturday morning, the Opening Parade will be at 11:30.  Please try to be there in time for this.

TRAVEL:  There are 2 ways to get there.  Both routes took me about 3 hours in daylight, via Goulburn 290 km, via Mittagong 190 km.  Both are suitable for 2-wheel drive vehicles but the Mittagong route is a lot of dirt road which slows the speed down considerably.

Via Goulburn. Take the 1st Goulburn turnoff onto the Old Hume Hwy.  After 4.5 km turn right at the Mobil into Union St and head toward Taralga.  After 52 km (about 10 km after Taralga) turn right onto Wombeyan Caves Rd.  There is 15km of dirt road but it is a good surface and not very windy.  The bitumen returns about 5km  before the campsite.  Probably better for night time travel and a definite for people towing caravans..

Via Mittagong.  Take the Mittagong (Route 89) turn off and proceed through Mittagong.  Follow the Old Hume Hwy and turn right onto Wombeyan Caves Rd.  After about 25 km there is around 40km of narrow, winding dirt road with pot holes, corrugations, fallen rocks and fantastic views (during daylight).

ACCOMMODATION:  I would expect that most of us will be sleeping in tents.  The Cubs and Scouts will be in the new Bell tents, Venturers and Rovers will be in their own tents, Joeys will be with their parent/s or can opt for the dormitory.  Parents are welcome to borrow one of the Group's tents, bring their own tent (like at Family Camp), camper-trailers, caravans or you can splurge on a self contained cabin.

COST:  $65 per person if arriving on Friday night or $50 if arriving on the Saturday.  Included in the cost is camping costs, food, and a guided cave tour. 

Additional costs will be:

  • + Additional Self Guided Cave Tour (Figtree Cave)  $7 per person 
  • + Dormitory accommodation (room sleeps 8)  $5  per person / per night.  I will book these up for our Group only as required.
  • + Powered site: $8 per person / per night.  Contact the campground on 4843 5976  for availability. 
  • + Cabins are available.   Contact the campground on 4843 5976  for availability.

FOOD:  Cooking rosters will be drawn up by each of the section leaders so that members from each section will be assisting with the preparation, setting up, serving and cleaning up of a meal.  I hope that the Rovers are planning the Saturday dinner but will still need assistance.  In the past, they have presented the group with a delicious spit roast but they might surprise us this year.  Please contact Rama (0404 136 350 / 9876 4383) if you have any specific dietary requirements.   

WHAT TO BRING:  Everyone will need to bring their own mess kits (plate, bowl cup and cutlery), warm clothes and wet weather gear.  Sleeping bag, sleeping mat etc.  For the 1 or 2 nights you won't need a stretcher.  Closed in shoes suitable for damp ground of the cave tour and for the walks and generally getting around.  Thongs are not to be worn except for in the amenities block.  There are showers and toilet blocks. in the campground.

For those staying in the dormitories,  they come with a mattress only.  You will need to bring a sleeping bag or sheets and blankets, and a pillow.  Some extra blankets are available but I would not rely on an adequate supply.  

REGULATIONS:  For the Joeys, the Scout Association require a parent to be in attendance for the duration of the activity.  Members can complete their CareMonkey eForm.  A separate E1 form will need to be submitted for each non-member attending the activity.  

As this is a National Park, domestic pets are not allowed.  Firewood for a campfire will need to be brought in.

Epping Scout Group,
6 Sept 2018, 08:32