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Four-day expedition on island of Efate

PORT VILA, Vanuatu (Vanuatu Daily Post, Jan. 9, 2009) – Fourteen venturer scouts from Australia are currently joining 14 venturers from Efate in a four-day expedition on the island of Efate as part of their joined Venturers Scout program with Vanuatu.

The Venture Scout Program is purposely organised by the 2nd Gordon Scouts from New South Wales (NSW) Australia and local scouts associations to help develop the program on Efate and Santo.

The four-day expedition started yesterday Wednesday January 7 when the 14 Australian venturers joined their 14 local buddies on a trip through Efate jungle starting from Mele village.

The local buddies come from various scout groups from Mele village, PMC and Tagabe.

Six leaders – four locals with two Australians will accompany the 28 venturers.

Deputy Chief Commissioner of Shefa Scouts John Row Thomas told the Daily Post the 28 member troop left Mele village yesterday morning heading up Rangorango area behind the airport area along the river where they will spend their first night in camp.

Today the troop will be hiking to the Bernier Mountain behind the Prima area and will spend tonight along a stream in the area.

On Friday they will climb the same mountain to the other side towards Lacole plantation and will spend their last adventure night along the river.

They will build rafts in the morning of Saturday January 10 that they will use to float down the river where they will be picked up by trucks back to their respective homes.

This great adventure will end with a scout activity day on Sunday at the Mele beach.

This will be open to scouts of all ages round Efate and will be organised and run by the Australian venturers and their Vanuatu buddies.

After completing their adventure on Efate the Australian scout group will travel to Luganville, Santo on Monday. Ten Luganville buddies will join them for a weeklong scouting activity.

The Santo tour will end on Saturday January 17 with another scout activity day where they expected around hundred people to attend.

Meanwhile Mr. Thomas said the recent visit by scouts from Australia was to strengthen the relationship between Vanuatu and Australia helping local scout groups to further develops their venturers program.

"The program via a buddy system – one local venture with one Australian venture for all activities on Efate and Santo gives an opportunity to our scouts to learn new scouting activities," he said.

They will leave for Australia on Sunday January 18.

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