Youngsters prepare to tackle the river

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Adventurous youngsters have been enjoying an active week of biking, hiking and other hands on activities at a summer camp based at Mania-O-Roto park.

Twenty youngsters aged between 10 and 14 were guided through activities and tasks by a dozen volunteers associated with the local scouting movement.

The week began with a bike ride to the Plains Museum complex followed by on-land instruction on how to safely cross rivers.

On Tuesday, the group enjoyed a hike up 1121m Mt Alford.

Wednesday’s fun centred on Lake Hood, where participants enjoyed kayaking and sailing and also tackled raft building.

For today’s crossing of the Ashburton River, the youngsters will separate into groups of four and will interlink arms around a long stick to safely negotiate the water.

They will also enjoy a lesson in limestone carving and will set up camp for a sleepover tonight at Mania-O-Roto.

The week finishes tomorrow with an off-road bike ride to Hakatere, where they will play games and explore the area. The camp is dedicated to the memory of Ashburton adventurer Duncan Crozier.