Cuboree is the biggest and most exciting event that a cub scout can go on. It’s a Queensland event open to all cub scouts that are nine or older across the state and often attracts attendance from other states. The camp runs for six days and five nights and is action packed with activities from sun up until after sun down.
It’s a great adventure for cub scouts and they go through a real experience of personal growth as they navigate the challenges of sharing a tent, looking after their own items and themselves, and learn to be ready on time.
Cuboree is a big event, often attracting around 1000 attendees. It’s held at Maryborough Showgrounds and Equestrian Park on the Fraser Coast, which was chosen for it’s facilities, size and security. The site is securely fenced and able to be locked up during the event so we can easily keep track who is onsite and keep people we don’t know out.
It also has appropriate facilities for such a large event with plenty of water, power and emergency shelter and is in easy access for emergency services.
ACTIVITIES and CATERING
The event is jam-packed with activities and cub scouts will be kept busy from when the sun comes up until after their evening activities each night. Which can be exhausting, but it ensures that even the worst sleeper suddenly seems to sleep well at Cuboree.
Everything at Cuboree is based around the central theme and the activities are no exception. Each day the cub scouts will head to a different set of bases where experienced activity leaders will take them through a series of activities.
We engage professional caterers to feed the masses to ensure everyone gets well fed and has the energy they need to meet Cuboree at top speed. It’s quite an operation to get everyone fed and the kitchen operates non-stop all day.
There is a large dining tent that is big enough to feed around 200 people at a time and the cub scouts will rotate through according to their allocated time. Due to this some cub scouts might feel some pressure to eat a bit quicker than they would at home and we would encourage you to help them learn to eat quickly. Most cub scouts adapt to this very quickly but we make allowances for those cub scouts that really struggle with it.
The caterer is happy to cater for special diets, but in some cases there will be an extra fee to cover this. Please ensure you provide as much detail as you can if you ask for a special diet, we want your cub scout to be well-fed and not to get sick.
Speaking of getting sick, we have a very well developed welfare team that is onsite to assist with everything from first aid to home-sickness and everything in between.
There is an onsite paramedic crew with their own dedicated space to deal with anything that can’t be handled in the villages. The biggest issues we have tend to be headaches or sore tummies, usually from tiredness, dehydration or a bit of home sickness and our welfare leaders are very experienced in dealing with this.
Some cub scouts wet the bed, maybe due to an existing issue, or sometimes because they are in an unusual situation and our welfare leaders are very good at discreetly whisking away their wet items and washing them while the cub scouts are out on activities so it’s all back to normal before any other cub scouts has time to realise.
Medications are handled at a village level where dedicated welfare leaders maintain all medications for safe keeping and issue them at the times stated on the cub scout’s application and the label on the medication. We ask for your cooperation in keeping us up-to-date with any medical information.
Please don’t send any unlabelled medication. We aren’t allowed to issue medications to cub scouts that don’t have express parental permission. If something out of the ordinary happens we will call you and let you know as soon as possible.
SUBCAMPS and TRAVEL
Cubs will be camping in sub-camps or ‘Villages’. Due to the sheer size of the event we divide the camp into four smaller subcamps where there will be dedicated teams of leaders taking care of their camping needs.
These Villages are usually made of around seven Cuboree Packs, each Cuboree pack has around 24 cub scouts in it with four adults. The cub scouts will be placed with their friends that they came with and at least one leader they know from home.
The cub scouts will arrive onsite on the first day and be directed to their Village and introduced to the rest of their Cuboree pack. They will all work together to set up their tents and their campsite, as well as help everyone else with theirs and they will camp in this area for the rest of the event.
Everyone travels to Cuboree on a bus. The buses are set up to run along the most populous routes, and in some cases there might be requirements to get your cub scout to a certain centre, but in most cases a bus will be stopping relatively close to each pack.
We feel that the bus journey to Cuboree is an important part of the experience as it gives the cub scouts a chance to build excitement on their journey and it also gives them a chance to have a sleep on the way back!
Occasionally some people want to travel to Cuboree on their own, there is a special application process for this as there are some considerations around the movements of everyone else that need to be taken into consideration. Please note non-bus travellers will be given set times for drop-off and pick-ups and these must be adhered to for security reasons. Buses have the priority and you will be advised of times closer to the event.
Contact your Cuboree rep or your leader for more information.
Cuboree in 2020 costs:
Cub Scouts: $599
Leaders and Youth Helpers: $510
To try and make this a bit easier for families we will split the payment into three smaller amounts of $200, $200 and $199. The dates of these payments will be released when the bank account set up has been finalised.
We understand that this is still a lot of money and for some families this is very difficult to meet, so if that is the case we encourage you to contact us to come up with a payment plan. The earlier you get in contact, the easier your payments will be!
It is important to note that until we have received your first payment as a deposit, your application will still be considered pending.
Cuboree is a major event and although it is the most exciting adventure a cub scout can have, it is not for everyone.
We have set the minimum age for cub scouts as nine as we feel it might be a bit much for newer cub scouts with less experience.
We don’t want this to be the first time a cub scout has ever slept in a tent, that might be a bit much for some, and we encourage you to take every opportunity you can to get your cub scout accustomed to sleeping out, learning to use their sleeping bag or camp bed.
It is an absolute requirement that cub scouts pack their own bags, they need to understand how to find their items and packing their bag back up again. There will be plenty of leaders to help, but the more prepared a cub scout is, the easier the event will be for them and the more fun they will have.
We, as leaders and parents, are passionate about what Cuboree can do for our youth. We have seen incredible stories of resilience, growth and courage from cub scouts at Cuborees in years gone by.
There is an incredible team of volunteers putting in a huge amount of work for this because they believe in it.
We really hope your cub scout will join us in 2020!