South Taranaki Venturers went to the Cook Islands for their cultural exchange trip to promote Scouting on the island of Aitutaki and to promote Venturers to the local people. The photo shows NZ Venturers in traditional Cook Island dress.
A Team of 14 Venturers and 5 leaders went on this trip and they thoroughly enjoyed the activities planned which including ones that were planned by the locals. It would be great to have scouting on Aitutaki especially sea scouts.
The water activities were popular; the amazing race around the island was also fun. The local Cook Islanders took the male Venturers out on the boat to do some fishing; it was more swimming rather than catching a fish.
The females stayed behind and platted a Nikau plate to eat in, which was a great way for them to learn local weaving etc.
Camping style on the island was an experience. The Venturers were able to swim in the clear blue lagoon any time after their activities.
The Venturers were entertained by a local string band which also got the youth up to do the hula (island dance)- a lot of fun.
After 4 days they travelled back to the mainland, and were hosted by a local village. It is here were the youth went crab hunting. They all enjoyed the cooked crabs the next day.
The Venturer unit are planning another trip to Aituttaki to further promote Scouting on the island and in particular the establishment of a local Venturer Unit.
-- Wayne Philip, APR Correspondent, SCOUTS New Zealand