We were delighted to host Buddha’s Light International Association (BLIA) Scouts at the Alpine Activity Centre as the first group for winter 2022.
BLIA have Scouts Groups across Australia and the world, and recently held an investiture ceremony for three new leaders and 35 youth members at the Nan Tien temple near Wollongong – one of the largest Buddhist temples in the southern hemisphere.
We caught up with Neilson Peng – a trainee Leader from the Kogarah Group – for a Q & A to find out how their trip went.
Scouts NSW: Had any of your group been to the snow before?
Neilson: I had personally seen snow before, but 90% of the group were first timers, so they had great fun out there!
Scouts NSW: How many were in your group and how long did you stay?
Neilson: Just under 40 of us went (a mix of youth and adult members) and we spent two nights at the Tony Balthasar Lodge. It’s dormitory-style accommodation with a modern commercial kitchen and dining area. We did some self-catering but also had a lovely dinner out in Jindabyne town centre.
Scouts NSW: What were your impressions of the Alpine Activity Centre?
Neilson: It’s idyllically located on the edge of town, in the heart of the Snowy Mountains, with beautiful views over the lake – perfect for watching the sunset. Our group is used to camping so it was considered ‘luxury’ by our Leaders and parents! It’s super-nice and comfy – everyone loved staying there and can’t wait to visit again.
Scouts NSW: Any tips for groups thinking of staying there?
Neilson: We visited Perisher, and the team at the Alpine Activity Centre helped us to get a discount on gear hire which saved us lots of money. We can 200% recommend this as a great place to stay for all types of groups!
Photo credits: Chen Wang