Local Scouts have learnt the art of rope making from Childers blacksmith Lachie McConnell, making skipping ropes to raise funds at the Childers Festival.
For two dollars each, you can buy a handmade skipping rope with funds raised going back to assist the scout group in a range of their local community projects.
Childers Scout member Hannah Godley said the group had been learning how to make the skipping ropes from Lachie which they look forward to selling on Festival Day this Sunday.
“We have made skipping ropes with our rope machine that we are going to sell at the Childers Festival, to raise money for our community garden,” she said.
“The community garden is a hands on activity for the whole community to join in and participate in whether you are part of the scouts or not.
“It takes about three minutes to make each skipping rope – it is pretty quick.”
Blacksmith Lachie said that the Scout group had taken a hit since COVID, with the markets providing the opportunity for them to do some fundraising.
“The selling of these is going to help them financially because post-COVID and everything else they can’t hold their functions and still have their expenses,” he said.
“I have donated the twine to help them and they will sell these ropes at the festival.”
The Childers Scout Group have been working with Lachie to learn a range of skills including blacksmithing and rope making as part of his commitment to teaching the younger generation his skills.
August is Scouts in Action month which focuses on the 17 sustainable goals of the scouting group.
You can find out more about the Childers Scouts group on Facebook.
The Childers Festival Day is on Sunday, 25 July from 9am – 3pm, with hundreds of market and food stalls set to line the main street of Childers and three stages packed with entertainment.
You can find out more here.