HMAS Newcastle Commanding Officer Mark Sirois said his crew was looking forward to giving the scouts participating in the campout at Fort Scratchley a tour of the ship and marching from the mall to Civic Park to mark the ship's honour.
On top of attending the Newcastle Memorial Walk Sunset Ceremony, the Eternal Flame service at Camp Shortland and the HMAS Freedom of Entry march, the scouts will get a first-hand look at the ship.
"Newcastle is our home port and our namesake city and the Freedom of Entry is an old tradition that creates an even greater bond and will make it even more special when we come alongside," CO Sirois said.
Newcastle RSL Sub-Branch President Ken Fayle believes the campout will help reinforce the sacrifices people made so that we could enjoy the freedoms we do today.
“It can’t be learnt in four days, but it will open their eyes,” he said.
“They will go home with a swag, some clothing and a lot of memories.”