Jumping off cliffs a highlight

SCOUTS hung off ropes, zoomed down tracks and paddled a river at a weekend scout camp, and organisers are looking for $100,000 for a bridge to make the area even better.

Called Scout Island, the 15-hectare Scout camping area on an actual island in the North Esk River at Corra Linn, near St Leonards, hosted a mix of 350 Cubs, Scouts, Joeys, Venturers and a Rover - plus parents - for a weekend of camping.

Launceston and Tamar district scout commissioner Andrew Thompson said participants aged from  six to 26 from as far away as the North-West Coast and the Midlands attended the camp.

They tried abseiling, billy cart driving, soap soccer, screen printing, soapy mountain climbing, canoeing and kayaking.

Daniel Chong, 14, of Perth, said abseiling was a highlight.

``It was easy and you get a good view,'' he said of jumping off a cliff with a rope and harness.

``It's fun, just going over the edge of a cliff.''

Mr Thompson said the weekend was a success and the Scouts were looking for $100,000 to improve access.

He said the footbridge to the island had been condemned and closed so the only access was by fording the river  in a four-wheel-drive.

But a concrete ford, similar to a bridge and suitable for normal cars, has been approved for the site and a builder arranged - now all that is needed is $100,000 to pay for it.

He hopes the money will be raised and ford built for the start of summer next year.

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