Tocal College hosted more than 700 Scouts, Cubs and Venturers last week for five days of fun.
The annual Scouts Australia corroboree was a practice run for the triennial Australian Jamboree, which returns in January 2016.
A self-sufficient camp was set up next to Tocal pool and activities included a climbing wall and flying fox.
“It was a big success,” Scouts Australia regional commissioner of youth programs Bill Brown said.
“There were 740 people and the events went well. People had a great time in the pool and the river, and down on the dam.”
Mr Brown said the corroboree was made possible by the work from organiser and regional commissioner for Scouts Bruce Leverton, as well as the assistance of the 14- to 18-year-old Venturers.
He also added that Tocal College principal Cameron Archer had been welcoming.
Scouts from as far as the Manning area and down to the Hawkesbury River, Mudgee and Murrurundi visited Tocal for the event.
“There were also Scouts from the Central Coast, Lakes and Gosford [districts],” Mr Brown said.
“We also had some visitors from Grafton and one [Scout] leader who is working over here from England.”
This was the first time Scouts Australia had run an event of its size at Tocal and Mr Brown hoped that it will not be the last.
“We have our own property up at Lostock Dam, so that’s where we were going to go, but the river was too low and we couldn’t pump water out of it,” Mr Brown said.
“[Tocal College] is an ideal venue; there’s plenty of water and a fantastic swimming pool facility.
“The people running Tocal [College], and Dr Cameron Archer, have made us feel extremely welcome.
“Nothing has been a problem – from a Scouting perspective we would love to come back here.”
Dr Archer said Tocal College was a good fit for the goals of Scouts Australia.
“We are very pleased to be able to host the 2015 corroboree,” Dr Archer said.
“The Tocal property was a bequest to youth, so while our major activities are based on youth learning about farming, it is also good to be able to have the college grounds used by the Scouting movement.”