Jamboree 2011: Camp in Camp – 31 July to 1 August 2011
The Berkshire Unit are one of the first units to return from ‘Camp in Camp’ where each of the four patrols headed off-site, on coaches bound for unknown destinations, to join Scout groups across Sweden on their own camps.
Sunday, 31 July 2011
Once we’d packed the things we’d need for the next 24 hours, we headed to the edge of the Jamboree site where the coaches would pick us up. There were a dozen other units there too, so there was a period of waiting for those to bundle onto the buses that quickly came and went, but eventually we were off.
After an hour’s drive, we were dropped off at the 27-acre Hörrs Nygård camp site. We were met by a group of Finnish Scouts who’d act as our hosts, though other groups (including a UK Scout troop, tracing the UK Contingent’s footsteps) were there too. Having been promised that we didn’t need to pack tents, we were keen to find out where to lay down our sleeping bags. It transpired, though, that our first task was to erect a shelter, which we set about doing with a sheet of tarpaulin and some wood. The other units, also sent from the Jamboree, were having to do the same too, though they seemed to make a far better job at it than we did, and ours ended up being extraordinarily low.
After teaching the rest of the Scouts a number of games, and learning new ones from the others, we moved onto our main task. Given plastic bottles, bicycle pumps, and wood, in groups of eight we made water rockets and launch-pads. As one may expect, the female half of the group quickly split off to design the rocket’s artwork, whilst the males went for the more engineering side – though it was joked that the girls may have made a better job of the latter role than the chaps!
In the evening, we cooked pasta and beef for dinner, slightly adapting a recipe from the Jamboree Cook Book.
That night, Daniel, Alec (my APL), and I built up our cooking flames into a campfire, and then Simon (my patrol’s adult leader) and I led the resulting singing and chanting. I even tried out a version of Ride That Pony, inspired by German Scouts playing a similar game earlier in the day. Following the lively campfire, we crawled into our beds, ahead of an uncomfortable night’s sleep in a sleeping-bag full of ants.
Monday, 1 August 2011
We all woke up on Monday morning feeling damp. It wasn’t raining, but the morning dew had seeped through the thin piece of canvas above us, and covered the ground around us. However, once we’d got a fire going, we quickly warmed up.
Sadly, the bread rolls we’d packed had been slept on, and were consequently a bag of breadcrumbs. Fortunately, a ‘snack-shack’-type shop was on the other side of the campsite, and we were able to enjoy a chocolate bar breakfast, with Fanta in place of Florida orange juice.
The morning’s entertainment was a mini-Olympics activity, where each team competed against another at various ‘events’, ranging from throwing balls in a bucket, to long-jumping.
At 11:00am, after saying our goodbyes and thank-yous to our hosts, we carried our bags to the end of the track, and were taken back to the Jamboree site, which – for the first time – was basking in sunshine.