LEADING THE WAY: Patrol leader Steph Lucas, 13, talks navigation tactics with her assistant patrol leader Lachlan Hansen, 12.
LEADING THE WAY: Patrol leader Steph Lucas, 13, talks navigation tactics with her assistant patrol leader Lachlan Hansen, 12. Nicholas Adermann

Tough times help youngsters navigate

BRAVING the wilderness, a group of Kingaroy scouts were out until the early hours of Sunday morning as a part of their training.

Lurking through the depths of Crow's Nest, the unaccompanied group didn't finish their navigational tasks until nearly 4am.

Only 18 months into their training, the kids were sent to navigate a course while completing tasks at individual checkpoints, without the adult leaders.

Steph Lucas, 13, led the patrol, saying there were times where it got tough but they did well in the end.

"It was a great experience for me to be able to lead a group with navigational type of exercises, and it was a life lesson for me."

"It was hard at night, and we had a few hanging behind, but they all kept up, eventually."

Scout leader Ian Kranz said the tasks embodied the goals of scouts by enhancing life skills in young adults.

"They really want to challenge the scouts to showcase the skills that they have learnt, and it's a great test for them because they don't have their leaders for fall back."

"Watching what they're like after something like this is great, because they kick up a gear."

The Kingaroy scouts will now be looking to further their experiences by ramping up their training for next year's event.

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