Fun for Te Anau scouts on mudslide

Flying seemed to be typical pose for most scouts and locals to make them go faster as they zoomed...
Flying seemed to be typical pose for most scouts and locals to make them go faster as they zoomed down the mudslide. Photos: Julie Walls
Scouts and locals enjoy the fountain of water at the start of  the mudslide.
Scouts and locals enjoy the fountain of water at the start of the mudslide.
Scouts Te Anau Cub Ruby Hefford (left) and friend Lucy Christie, enjoying the mudslide.
Scouts Te Anau Cub Ruby Hefford (left) and friend Lucy Christie, enjoying the mudslide.

The excitement and anticipation of the slide to the bottom of the water/mudslide, showed on their faces, from over 100 scouts and kids from the community.

Some were flying to the bottom and others slid with queasy and slippery feel of the soap suds filled them with delight as they zoomed down the slide. Wetsuits were the trend of the night for most!!

Cold weather meant a smaller turnout for the annual mudslide but those who did come out on Tuesday, February 20 had an awesome time.

The event has been organised for the past 12 years and was started as national imitative to promote Scouting in New Zealand.

“Mudslides are still held in the last week of February all around the country and Te Anau continued the event as a good way to introduce kids to scouts who might be interested in joining,” Scout leader Sue Walker said 

“A lot of the children went down the slide numerous times and some even said the water felt warm!”

The unseasonably cold snap saw the kids treated to hot chocolate from The Sandfly Café and sausage afterwards to help them warm up.

Special thanks to Russell and Kristine Maher who have set it up every year, assisted by the Te Anau Fire Brigade.

 - By Julie Walls

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