Ventures paddle in the new year

Sunbury Venturers traveling down the Glenelg River (supplied).

Sunbury Venturer Scouts have returned home following an expedition with Venture24, where they travelled down the Glenelg River to Nelson near the South Australian border.

The group of 24 ventures and two leaders headed out on the adventure from January 2 to 7, for lightweight camping and kayaking.

Throughout the trip, the group paddled with a variety of onshore wildlife including koalas, emus, kangaroos and in the water three swimming brown snakes.

They also learnt deep water rescues, where they tipped out of their sea kayak then had to empty the water out, float and reenter on the surface.

Sunbury Venturer, Bella Blume attended the expedition with leaders Robert Irvine and Jessica Cashill.

Bella chose this expedition paddling a twin sea kayak and said she really enjoyed the trip with other ventures aged between 15 and 18 years old.

“It was great weather for the time and the trip was wonderful. [We] kayaked everyday for about five hours, with a stop for lunch in the middle [and] the snakes didn’t come near us,” she said.

“You learn self-reliance, [and] get to socialise with a really nice group of teenages, they were all very happy.

“There was no phone coverage therefore they had a great time connecting, they were from all over Australia.”

Robert agreed and said they were “a wonderful group of teenagers and it was such a pleasure to have them there.”

This expedition is just one of many, which have more than 1000 people in total. Residents can contact the Third Sunbury Scout if they would like to learn more.