After an early morning and a long bus ride, all Bronze members arrived at the Karingal Scout
Grounds where we (unfortunately) had our phones taken off us and set up camp for the next 5 days.
We were split into our flights and introduced ourselves with some team building activities and ice
breakers. That night we launched into some night activities which consisted of observing silhouettes
at night, night sounds, tarp folding game (the one where you all have to stand on it then it gets
folded in half) and lastly, all the flights were introduced to their lip sync battle song that related to
their allocated Disney film.
On Sunday, everyone was split into stages to do separate activities. Basic Stage had lectures on first
aid, including foot care and snake bites, camouflage and concealment, radio communication and
how to use maps and compasses. Then our newfound skills were put to the test with a small
navigation exercise. After dinner that night with mystery meat (which turned out to be emu),
everyone played two rounds of lantern stalk through thick grass.
In flights, we conducted a long navigation exercise which according to flight ranged from 2.9km to
nearly 4km, through thick bush and many, many hills. At each checkpoint were activities which had
to be completed. These included hiding in the bush, trying to find items in the bush, decoding
messages, setting up a survival shelter and planning a skit relating to the AAFC (which compass
needle points north, why we use tents etc.) That afternoon we were able to have showers, which felt
ridiculously refreshing, and that night we participated in a cookoff and were able to show off our
As everyone started to become more and more tired, we participated in more team building
activities, which were run by the Silver DEA cadets, on Tuesday. Some of these activities consisted of
an animal boat crossing, a medical evacuation with a delusional patient, an obstacle course with
some minefields and fitting people through rope holes, riddles, charades, the human knot game,
creating golf clubs and trying to create a shelter with 4 people blindfolded and 4 people not able to
use their hands, and the CO’s challenge, which was incredibly difficult.
On the final day, we packed up our tents, participated in a hypothetical survival situation, performed
our skits from the navigation exercise, our lip syncs and most importantly, which flight earned the
most points. Spoiler alert, it was Echo. Then, as we all missed our real beds and home, we got back
on the bus for the second long ride and the bivouac was over.