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Hallein,Tobbogan July 201613The biggest highlight of any scout troop in their calendar year is Annual Camp .Called  Annual Expo more so nowadays , and indeed this is what it is!

For the Neala Troop this years Expo was to Austria . Planning began back in late 2015 when each watch was given a country to explore and report back to the troop why their choice would be best for Annual Expo 2016.

So it was to be Pfadfinderdorf (Scout Centre) Zellhof ,Mattsee, Austria about 20 kms north of Salzburg. The watch leaders set about planning the programme ,which would blow the socks off the scouts for the duration of the camp.

In the meantime ,flights had to be booked,camping equipment planned ,followed by budgets , cash flow,menus , and day to day camp activities.

Flying enroute via Munich , was followed by a two and half hour coach journey across the border from Germany into Austria. After camp set up and settling in , daily activities commenced straight away .The camp site is situated among very green rolling hills of  eastern  Austria among clusters of forests  and with a very big back drop of high alpine mountains freckled with snow ,stretching for miles.Zellhof Mattsee,Austria Jul 201662

Every day on camp was different from cycling hikes ,to campcraft,outdoor cooking and barbecues to canoeing ,exploring mines,journeying to a waterpark,seeing a ancient celtic settlement,toboggan down an alpine mountain,and a visit to Salzburg the famous city of Mozart and  the Von Trapp family.

One of the daily duties of duty watch every day was collecting the fresh milk from the local farmer.An opportunity for the scouts  to see the workings of a dairy farm.

Zellhof Mattsee,Austria Jul 201655All this was only possible because the watch leaders and volunteer scouters who gave their time so generously by putting in many hours of preparation.Thanks again to all again for making this another very successful Annual Expo. in 2016.