DESPITE a number of challenges being faced by the pathfinders during the past week in camp, they successfully completed their camporee on a high note over the weekend.
Reports reaching the Solomon Star the camp had enabled the young people to learn something for themselves inorder to be good citizens of the country and to be spiritually nourished.
Throughout the week the pathfinders have staged a number of activities being prepared by the facilitators.
The camp which is being held every two years ended with a concert on Saturday night.
Yesterday most of the pathfinders started leaving for their provinces.
More are expected to leave by boat this morning and later this evening.
Those from the Western province especially from Vella La Vella, Ranoggah and New Georgia are expected to leave this evening onboard MV Kosco.
Although most them have continued to reside in camp, the heavy downpour yesterday had forced many of them to relocate to the Maranatha conference centre to take shelter after the camp site was waterlogged following the heavy rain throughout the day which makes the site muddy and inaccessible.
Only a few pathfinders still remain at the campsite as of last night.
Some of them being interviewed last night said they have learnt a lot from the camporee and have enjoyed the program despite a number of problems and challenges they have faced while in camp.
For some of those who attended the camp for the first time and to be first timers in Honiara, they said the trip was an eye opener because they were able to see some of the developments that have been taking place.
Meanwhile one of the facilitators during the camporee Thelmah Silva has expressed excitement in attending the camp.
Speaking to the Solomon Star at the start of the camp early last week Ms Silva said its good to see the work of pathfinder growing.
Throughout the week she took part in the worship sessions.
A nurse as well as a teacher by profession, she was invited to be part of the camporee to mark 60 years of pathfindering in Solomon Islands.
She and her husband have been working in the Solomon Islands many years ago as missionaries and have supported the work of pathfinder.
Since then the work of pathfindering had flourished.
“Its good to be back and be part of the event,” she said last week.
At the age of 82, she is still strong and healthy. She now lives in Cairns.
By MOFFAT MAMU