Hundreds of scouts and girl guides welcomed 70 young people with disabilities to a camp in Brisbane’s west at the start of Disability Action Week today.

The camp is one of many events raising awareness of living with disability.

Georgie Chumbley reports.


Singing and dancing marked the official start of Disability Action Week this morning.

The minister responsible says the week is an important event on the Queensland calendar.

Curtis Pitt, Minister for Disability Services: “Disability Action Week is a chance for us to celebrate and acknowledge the achievements of people with a disability and also these people who support people with disability, their families and their carers, on a regular basis.”

Camp Agoonoree at Samford will give disabled children the chance to take part in activities usually unavailable to them.

They’ll have the opportunity to interact with other kids in day and night time activities including rope tieing, camp crafts and abseiling.

Maurice Law, Scouts Chief Commissioner: “Scouting’s all about teaching young people new skills, so they become good citizens. This camp certainly goes a long way to doing that.”

More events, encompassing this year’s theme “Empower, enable, everybody”, will be held later this week, with the Disability Action Week Awards being presented in Cairns on Thursday.

The Scouts’ leader also was recognised for his contribution with a Minister’s Award for Excellence.

Georgie Chumbley, QUT News.