NEW HEIGHTS: Amy Shaw and Peyton Horn next to the SES Abseiling tower.
NEW HEIGHTS: Amy Shaw and Peyton Horn next to the SES Abseiling tower. Alexia Austin

Venturers shown the ropes

THE venturer scouts were up and at it on Sunday morning, rising before the break of dawn to try their hand at abseiling.

The team of six, lead by Jill Shaw, took it in turns to traverse the SES tower in Roma, under the watchful eyes of Bryce Duke and Ray Jones.

"Most of the kids here have abseiled before and (at this session) they are learning a new skill, self-belaying,” Ms Shaw said.

"They learnt to tie the knots and have practised on the ground before heading up the tower to try out the new skill.”

Ms Shaw said joining the venturer scouts was the perfect way to enjoy the outdoors.

"As the kids get older in scouts, we encourage them to lead and the adults to support, so this term they have chosen to do abseiling, canoeing, a day hike and, when it gets cooler, camping.

"In addition to that they get involved in the community, visiting the fire station and having a lifesaving night at the pool and they have activities they do at the den.”


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