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...at 04.00 bours when they had to evacuate camp within minutes!
All activities called for cool, clear thinking coupled with initative, self-reliance and team work. Much of the instruction, which included bush first-aid, mountaineering, observation, camouflage, survival, navigation, etc, ws presented by experts from outside the Movement, who gave of their time freely to assist.
In this respect, special mention is made of the assistance given by members of the BSA Police, the Rhodesian Army, and the Rhodesian Airforce. Tribute must also go to those adult members of the Scout Movement who gave so generously of their time, not only at EXPAT '72 itself (there was rearely an occasion when fewer than 15 staff members were not busy instructing, planning, catering, typing, recording or one of many other necessary tasks that were normal during their 17-18hour day), but during the 15 months of planing that began in June 1971.
It will be appreciated that it is a costly business to mount an event such as EXPAT '72, but in this respect the Movement received considerable assistance from many firms in Bulawayo who provided us with food, transport and other necessities at a very reasonable prices.
The 12 days in the Matopos cost each Scout $13.50 - all inclusive. This very low cost is attributable to several cash sponsorships we received, and in this respect our special thanks go to the Anglo American Corporation, the Rhodesian Iron and Steel Company and Bulawayo City Council for their generous support. It is indeed heartening to find so many people who obviously appreciate the work of the Scout Movement which is not opposed to today's educational system, but is compementary to it.
What, then, is needed to expand the influence of the Scout Movement that can provide boys with so many necessities needed in life today? There are three basic requirements:-
1. More adult leaders of a high calibre who are prepared to devote themselves to young people.
2. A greater public awareness of the finance required to run a first class show.
3. A removal of the passive resistance to Scouting put up by many of our educationalists.
EXPAT '72 closes tomorrow night with a formal dinner in Bulawayo at which Dr Graham Child, Director, Department of National Parks and Wild Life Management, will be the guest speaker. At the dinner the names of 25 EXPAT '72 Scouts will be announced to participate in an expedition to a wild and remote area of Rhodesia in 1973. The Scout Movement hopes that this expedition will be a forerunner of many adventures for young Rhodesians.
Scouts learn to find their own way in the bush... conducting a course in map reading and the use of the compass at Gordon Park is Group Scout Leader J. Carlisle. On a cross-country hike in the Matopos the lads found some comparatively easy going near Maleme Dam.
The quick way down the rocks. EXPAT '72 Scouts practising the art of abseiling. Descending on a rope is John Pridgeon of 10th Bulawayo with Robin Murphy, also of Bulawayo, belaying him. Amused spectator on the right awaiting his turn is M. Gallemore of Salisbury.
Ack: Supplement to the Bulawayo Sunday News 10th Sept 1972