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Riverside and Exeter Cubs rising to the Challenge

The Riverside and Exeter Cub packs and their leaders have been working towards their Commissioner's Challenge Award 2014. To receive this award the Cubs and Leaders have had to partake in quite a few rigorous activities involving learning about the Tasmanian Devil and the Devil Facial Tumour Disease (DFTD). This Page/Cubs-web.jpg

Every year the Branch Commissioner for Cub Scouts in Tasmania sets a challenge for the Cubs to get out into the community and put the OUT in Scouting.  2014 has been no exception with 2014's Challenge focusing on the environment and in particular Scouts Tasmania's involvement in the Save the Tasmanian Devil Program and Appeal.

To achieve the Commissioners Challenge Badge for 2014 (the design of which is a Tasmanian devil) he set three tasks for the Cubs to perform:

1.          Participate in 2 special Cub programs that centre on the Tasmanian devil,

2.          Participate in one of the Additional Activity Ideas, 

3.          Obtain the World Scout Environment Badge for Cub Scouts

To commence the challenge Rebecca Cuthill, Manager of the Save the Tasmanian Devil Appeal, was delighted to be a guest speaker to talk to the Cubs about the Tasmanian devil, the disease and to help them understand what can be done to ensure the survival of the devil in the wild.

Cub leader, David said they "organised an excursion out to Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary at Mole Creek. This was a wonderful experience for all to learn and come face to face with Tasmanian devils and other wildlife animals".

The Cubs and leaders will receive their awards at the end of the year at a special end of year breakup.

Images: Riverside & Exeter Cubs at Trowunna Wildlife Park

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