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There's a scout camp for adults and we're all about it

Alyx Gorman

We don't mean to champion regression, but there's something about spending a weekend running through the forest, crafting, day dreaming, dancing and snacking that sounds pretty bloody appealing to us. Perhaps because our hippy parents didn't believe in the faux-militaristic structure of Scouts, and wouldn't let us join.

Now, Wollongong-based workshop runners Wild Rumpus are making that fantasy weekend a reality, with a 'Weekend Escape' festival. And in naming it "Jamboree" they've made the Scouts reference explicit. 

Jamboree will take place in the South Coast's Mt Kiera rainforest (about a 20 minute drive from Wollongong town centre) from September 2-4. It will feature cooking and growing classes by Amanda Roberts (who also teaches at Cornersmith), woodworking, arrow making and mini-boat building courses taught by Elise Cameron Smith, a loom weaving course by textile artist Natalie Miller, plus permaculture classes, photography courses, yoga, dances by No Lights No Lycra and more. 

Elise Cameron Smith stands on a chair, in a river, wearing a white dress and holding a bow and arrow
Woodworker Elise Cameron Smith
Photograph: Supplied

There'll also be live music from folk singer Bec Sandridge; and because we're all adults here, good food and wine. The much-loved Berry Sourdough bakery is on the catering line-up, along with other South Coast locals. 

The festival is pitched as a chance for creatives to "reconnect and learn from the best", and they're only selling 100 tickets. Prices start at $645 for a BYO tent camping pack, and go through to $845 twin-share for glamping. Prices include all meals, coffee and "endless" cups of tea, plus access to all workshops, guided walks and all the rest of the line-up.

Summer camps for adults have been popular in the United States for a few years, but this is the first event quite like this we've seen in Australia. It's the first year of the event, but based on the line-up, both hippy parents and Rovers might approve of this one. 

Glamping tent by Avant Garde Camping Co

Photograph: Supplied

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