GALLERY: Week of action at NSW Cuboree

More than 2000 cub scouts will return home to their parents on Friday happy, well fed and completely exhausted.

Cub troops have travelled from across NSW to spend an action-packed week at the fifth NSW State Cuboree at Cataract Scout Park, near Appin.

For many of the 7 to 11-year-olds it is their first time away from their parents, but they have little time to dwell on homesickness with scores of activities to keep them entertained.

First Balgownie cub leader Matt Fanning said the kids were having an ‘‘absolute blast’’.

‘‘They handle being away from mum and dad pretty quick because there’s all these other cubs around,’’ he said.

‘‘They get this sense of independence really quick when they’re around like-minded kids.’’

This year’s theme is ‘Once Upon A Time’, with six stations set up across the camp based on fairy tales, famous story settings and fantastical films.

Yesterday, cubs from the Illawarra spent time at the Swiss Family Robinson station, digging for buried treasure, joining in hula lessons and bowling with coconuts.

Laughter rang across the bushland clearing as cubs from Albion Park took aim at one another with slingshots, aiming wet sponges at their friends.

Belle James, 8, said the slingshots had been her favourite game so far.

‘‘I just like getting wet and dirty,’’ she said.

Down at the Treasure Island activity base stood one of the main attractions – the waterslide.

Despite the cloudy sky, kids lined up and sped down the bright blue slope before running up the hill to do it all over again.

Some stood shivering from the chill in the air, but few were ready to leave before their time was up.

‘‘It’s freezing, but it’s awesome,’’ one cub yelled as he waited in line.

Once the morning activities were over, the cubs formed orderly lines and marched back to their tent cities for lunch, cheering and singing as they went.

Feeding the hungry mob, which also includes more than 1000 volunteers, parent helpers and older scouts, is no easy feat.

During the trip the camp will go through 30,000 pieces of fruit, 600kilograms of bacon, 900kilograms of sausages, 1200litres of tomato sauce and enough pancake mix to make 10,000 pancakes, and 15 tonnes of ice to keep it all cool.

After their meal most kids were keen to tackle Challenge Valley, a commando course through mud, water and dirt.

But some found it hard to pick just one activity to name as their favourite, including Albion Park’s Sophie Alards.

‘‘Probably all of it,’’ she said.

1st Dapto's Dale Cunningham and Owen Crawford are reflected in the sunglasses worn by Liam Lambert. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI

1st Dapto's Dale Cunningham and Owen Crawford are reflected in the sunglasses worn by Liam Lambert. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI

Cubs from 1st Berowra have a ball on the waterslide. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI

Cubs from 1st Berowra have a ball on the waterslide. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI

Cubs from 1st Berowra have a ball on the waterslide. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI

Cubs from 1st Berowra have a ball on the waterslide. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI

Cubs line up for activities outside a circus tent. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI

Cubs line up for activities outside a circus tent. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI

A cub fills up at a water station. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI

A cub fills up at a water station. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI

1st West Wollongong Scout mates Baiden Darby and Boyd Pandelus. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI

1st West Wollongong Scout mates Baiden Darby and Boyd Pandelus. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI

Emerson Marr of 1st West Wollongong Scouts lines up. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI

Emerson Marr of 1st West Wollongong Scouts lines up. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI

Bella Spears, of 1st Mt St Thomas Scouts, gets ready to catch water. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI

Bella Spears, of 1st Mt St Thomas Scouts, gets ready to catch water. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI

Bennett Rogers, of 1st Balgownie, looks nervous as he receives a load of water from his team-mate. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI

Bennett Rogers, of 1st Balgownie, looks nervous as he receives a load of water from his team-mate. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI

Thane Irvine, of 1st Kiama Scouts, fires a wet sponge. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI

Thane Irvine, of 1st Kiama Scouts, fires a wet sponge. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI

Isabelle James, of 1st Albion Park Scouts, fires a wet sponge. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI

Isabelle James, of 1st Albion Park Scouts, fires a wet sponge. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI

Illawarra-based cubs play up for the photographer. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI

Illawarra-based cubs play up for the photographer. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI

Torsten Junius, of 1st East Wharoonga Cubs gets splashed in a water game. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI

Torsten Junius, of 1st East Wharoonga Cubs gets splashed in a water game. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI

Leader Tracey Hansford wears the Cuboree hat with pride. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI

Leader Tracey Hansford wears the Cuboree hat with pride. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI

Meglyn Dent, of 1st-2nd Blacktown, dresses up as Ee-Aw. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI

Meglyn Dent, of 1st-2nd Blacktown, dresses up as Ee-Aw. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI

Cubs seek shelter under a huge parachute. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI

Cubs seek shelter under a huge parachute. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI

Cubs from 1st Berowra enjoy the waterslide. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI

Cubs from 1st Berowra enjoy the waterslide. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI

Cubs from 1st Berowra enjoy the waterslide. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI

Cubs from 1st Berowra enjoy the waterslide. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI

Cubs from 1st Berowra enjoy the waterslide. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI

Cubs from 1st Berowra enjoy the waterslide. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI

Cubs from 1st Berowra enjoy the waterslide. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI

Cubs from 1st Berowra enjoy the waterslide. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI

Cameron Gray, of the 1st Kensington group, hangs out with the pirate crew. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI

Cameron Gray, of the 1st Kensington group, hangs out with the pirate crew. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI

Leader Anthony "Jumbuck" Macarthur clowns around at the circus tent. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI

Leader Anthony "Jumbuck" Macarthur clowns around at the circus tent. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI

Fishing for wooden blocks are cubs from 1st Russell Vale, including Kurtis Sackett. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI

Fishing for wooden blocks are cubs from 1st Russell Vale, including Kurtis Sackett. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI

The Illawarra crew, including Dapto, Albion Park, Oak Flats and Shellharbour at the Cuboree. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI

The Illawarra crew, including Dapto, Albion Park, Oak Flats and Shellharbour at the Cuboree. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI