Jamboree 2011: The Diary, In Full – 25 August 2011


JAMBOREE DIARY_Click here to read the diary, in full, for free. [PDF] At last, ladies and gentlemen, I give you the diary of my Jamboree experience. Like all good things, it’s been pretty delayed in its release, but all 12,318 words are now attached – with a good number of photographs – for your reading delight.

The truth is, it’s taken quite a long time, and a lot of hard work, to put it together. Whilst away, I used only my phone’s QWERTY keyboard to write, because in storing what I’d written on ‘the cloud’ and not using traditional paper and pen, I didn’t run the risk of losing my work to the rain. Despite this, I still fell hideously behind, so there was a great deal to catch up on once I got home. During the trip, I took over a thousand photographs, so downloading, cataloguing, and sorting these was a time-consuming process. Then, choosing the very best and most memorable ones to include took yet longer.

I actually finished writing it a couple of days ago, but I’ve been proof-reading it and making the appropriate alterations over the last 48 hours. Tonight, I finalised the design, words, and images, and exported it to a bookmarked PDF.

I may have made a great deal of fanfare about the Jamboree (perhaps too much for your liking), but as one of just 40,000 young people worldwide who were given the honour of going, I hope it’s with good reason. If you are interested in reading it, it’s probably something worth making a cup of tea to sit down with and, I hope, enjoy. I’d love to hear your thoughts on it too; you can comment using the facility below.

[World Scout Jamboree 2011: Andrew Burdett’s Diary; PDF file (Adobe Reader 6+ compatible]

TAKE A READ_Dad reading my diary earlier this evening.

Andrew Burdett

Andrew Burdett is a twenty-something from Maidenhead in Berkshire, working for ITV News.

3 Responses

  1. Thanks a lot for sharing your Jamboree experiences. Well done!

  2. Daniel V. says:

    Thanks for sharing!

    Daniel V.

  3. Phil Bray says:

    It took me over half an hour to read it, but it was well worth the time.

    You’ve achieved your intention at the start with a tremendous record of your time spent at the Jamboree that will rekindle memories both of friendships made and activities completed in years to come.

    Brilliant stuff.

    Now, about those hours of video footage…