Sunday, October 18, 2009

Happy Birthday to Koa Kea and all the Keas nationwide

Here's our first successful task: write your group name in pebbles you found

It's been another fun day out for 267 young people aged between five and seven and a half at Willowbank Wildlife park in Hussey's Road, Christchurch.

Celebrating 30 years of Keas, Keas from all over the Upper South Island region descended on Willowbank with their parents and leaders for a celebration cake, badges and a treasure hunt around the wildlife park.

Keas is the first section of Scouts, catering for girls and boys with adventurous spirits who are too young for Cubs and Scouts proper. It is a programme of adventure plus that's focused on caring, sharing and having fun in the outdoors. Keas were begun in New Zealand 30 years ago this month.

Organised by regional Scouters on behalf of all the Keas, more than half of the Upper South Island's Keas came along today to represent almost 99% of the region's groups.

Ella Winter and Oliver Hlavac with the stuffed Charlie the Cheeky Keas that they made at one of the activity bases.

The Keas took part in many activity bases around the park, took notes and collected litter to earn their Kea Day badge. They took part in activities that used their creative skills, taxed their observation skills as they hunted for answers to the questions in the guide book, and kept them occupied learning whilst having fun. They certainly made more noise than the Kea birds they're named after.

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