Maryborough, Australia (PressExposure) October 04, 2012 -- In less than 100 days more than 10,000 young scouts will hit Maryborough Show grounds in an attempt to break a world record for the biggest game of tag.
In January next year tens of thousands of Boy Scouts will converge on Queensland for the 2013 Australian Scouts Jamboree.
One of the highlights of the massive two-week long event will be a huge game of tag.
The Boy Scouts of Australia have booked 550 laser tag phasers so 500 scouts can play at a time.
Two sessions a day, morning and afternoon, are planned for the 10 day festival.
So a new record of more than 10,000 people playing tag at one event will be set.
There will be four teams each of 125 scouts in each session. Each team will start a special base within the Show grounds (north, south, east, and west).
Teams from the north and the east will ally and challenge teams from the south and west.
Each scout will be equipped with a laser tag phaser. The equipment comes with integrated sensors and uses infrared to shoot.
Since there is no projectile, the game play is safe.
The game is interactive because the phasers use a special technology called "SATR". This stands for Small Arms Transmitter Receiver which gives each Scout real-time hit feedback so they will know how many tags and how many de-activations they have achieved.
The Jamboree is held every four years with scouts travelling from across Australia as well as internationally.
Maryborough West Scout Charlee Howard-Osborne was one of the first the scouts to book in.
"A Jamboree is a lifetime experience, you realize what your parents do for you," she said.
As well as the fun games such as laser tag, Scouts do their own washing and cooking at the Jamboree with an emphasis on learning new skills and fending for themselves.
AJ2013 chief director Pieter Van Der Kamp said the camping environment would be an eye opener for many of the thousands of scouts.
The jamboree will have its own newspaper, radio station, markets and a night time entertainment precinct.
Events will also be held around Maryborough and scouts will also travel up to Hervey Bay for all their water activities.
The Jamboree will be held from January 2-12, 2013. The Fraser Coast public will attend visitor days from January 5-7, 2013.
Visit aj2013.scouts.com.au for more information on the event.