Jamboree: Saying A Few Words – 16 March 2011


You may have noticed a recent spike in Jamboree-related tweets and blogs, as the countdown to Sweden ticks away ever more loudly. With just over four months to go, last night I launched a new ‘page’ here on WordPress about how I got to where I am today; you can click here to access it, or use the handy link below the masthead.

Tonight, at a parents’ information evening offering guardians more information about their little darlings’ summer holiday, Berkshire Jamboree leaders highlighted the more recent developments on the admin-side of the trip. Intermingled with the slides showing standard-issue kit and times of flight departures, PowerPoint presentations put together by each patrol at the weekend. Naturally, I (being my modest, timid self) agreed to take on the responsibility of organising the presentation for our group.

I’d already done much of the work – I’d made a slideshow giving a brief, two-minute glance at twelve months of being a Berkshire Jamboree member for a public speaking/media relations training course (organised by the UK scouting press-release bigwigs). All I needed to do was include the rest of the patrol.

In the end, I decided to get each patrol member to choose and speak about a photo summing up their favourite moment of their own ‘Jamboree experience’ so far.

To close, I produced a short film explaining why Daniel Thomas’ time on the team has been much shorter than everybody else’s, and what he was most looking forward to on the Jamboree. It was a late-night edit yesterday, but I am really pleased with the resulting piece. Plus, it offered a chance to show another audience one of my films.

The aforementioned video is embedded below for your enjoyment.

ABSstudios-branded film about Daniel Thomas joining the Berkshire Unit.

Andrew Burdett

Andrew Burdett is a 21-year-old from Maidenhead in Berkshire. He is now two-thirds of the way through his Journalism Studies degree at the University of Sheffield. In his spare time, he enjoys swimming, going to the theatre, and writing about himself in the third-person.