Jamborette_2019

1 year, 7 months ago Neil Murray wrote:
Neil Murray

We are going to hopefully be posting on here on a regular basis so as to keep everyone at home updated with what the explorers have been doing. That it gives us the opportunity for parents and friends to join in on our adventures. Please follow us and if you leave any comments please be aware that it might take a while to get back to you as we are likely to have limited access to internet.

More news to follow soon so keep watching for our updates

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1 year, 7 months ago Tricia Turner wrote:
Tricia Turner

Hi Neil
Have you arrived safe & set up camp?

1 year, 7 months ago Neil Murray wrote:
Neil Murray

We left the HQ at 11:20pm via coach on our way towards the port of Dover. But when we arrived at the port, we found that our ferry had been delayed by 3 hours. The crossing took about 2 hours, and there were sleeping people everywhere, as it was 5:30am GMT. We finally arrived in the port of Calais, France at 8am European time.The ride via coach once again from Calais to Haarlem was a lot more subdued as many people took this time to sleep. The rest of the journey took around 4 hours making the total travel time 12 hours with some short stops along the way.
When we arrived on site the bags where carried across the site to our subcamp (Yellow). After settling in in we had a much needed meal of chilli-con-carne and ginger cake. During the evening we did some other smaller activities such as card games.

Blog entry by Oscar Thomson & Adam Vincent

1 year, 7 months ago Barbara Vincent wrote:
Barbara Vincent

Thanks for the update ! An epic journey but I’m sure the next few days will make up for it. Have a great time everyone. πŸ‘

1 year, 7 months ago Helen Smith wrote:
Helen Smith

Thanks for the update. Glad you all finally made it there!

1 year, 7 months ago Louise Ross wrote:
Louise Ross

Thanks for the update, hope you all sleep well for your adventures ahead!

1 year, 7 months ago Helen wrote:
Helen

Thanks for the update hope you are all having fun!

1 year, 7 months ago Neil Murray wrote:
Neil Murray

First full day 28/7/19

We were allowed a lie in, meaning we could wake up at eight o’clock. We continued to make a stunning continental breakfast, which included Dutch toppings of sprinkles and more sprinkles on bread. The first task of the day involved building our luxurious gateway, filled with white Aylesbury ducks, as well as many many British flags. After lunch (which we slaved over) our next activity was a scavenger hunt switch scattered us into different groups from across the world. In the evening, after dinner (which we also made) we had the opening ceremony, which gathered 4000 scouts from 40 countries all in front of the main stage, were we celebrated the start of the thirteenth Jamborette.

Blog entry by: Antoni Unsing and Jonathan Skinner.

1 year, 7 months ago Scott "Oscar's Dad" Thomson wrote:
Scott "Oscar's Dad" Thomson

Thanks Antoni & Jonathan, I want a stunning continental breakfast! 😁

1 year, 7 months ago Neil Murray wrote:
Neil Murray

Second day, 29th of July 2019,

A nice 6:30am wake up started our eventful day; not many of the explorers had fully woken up as they were struggling pouring milk into their cereal bowls. We packed our day sacks for a trip to “walibi” theme park where all of the explorers were thrilled for the awesome roller coasters they were going to ride. After a long coach ride with an Edinburgh scout group, the explorers headed for the rides after splitting into groups. The queues were long but certainly worth the wait! After many hours of fun and laughter, the explorers returned to the coaches and headed back. At dinner time, the duty patrol prepared burritos which were lovely but caused a bit of a mess which sadly required the patrol to also clean up. At night the explorers socialised and played with other scout groups from around the globe and listened to music before we headed to bed for an thrilling Aqua activity day tomorrow.

Written by: Luke Warbey, Daniel Turner and Matthew Vaughan

1 year, 7 months ago Tricia Turner wrote:
Tricia Turner

Wow, sounds great fun & like your having a fabulous time. Enjoy your Aqua day tomorrow.

1 year, 7 months ago Jane wrote:
Jane

What’s the weather like? We have torrential rain today! Hope you’re all getting soaked in a good way xxx

1 year, 7 months ago Neil Murray wrote:
Neil Murray

Day three of activities in Holland. 30th of July. Another early start with the duty patrol (termonde) waking up at 6:30 to prep and serve another continental with the sprinkles that we all love. After an hours drive on the coach we arrived at the edge of the lake we were doing raft building in the morning so after being mixed into multi-national groups began building. Using just barrels, rope and pioneering wood we began ncrafting our crafts. We obviously managed to lash them all successfully as none fell apart in the water!! Having a Scottish leader we set of into the water, we had no one fall off, apart from Sam who jumped to go chase a different raft! After taking part a lot of wet rope we had lunch is the hot sun. The next part of the day was beach games with a huge variation of activities. One of the best moments has to be when Johnny managed to get the record for the hang managing to hang onto a pair of trousers for 1 minute 43 second. We also had pillow fights over water and a water themed obstacle course. There was also tons of minute to win it with games such as beer pong (no alchohol unfortunately) and Jenga. Upon our return we all went on a badge swap collecting and swapping badges with people from other countries to add to the flag. For dinner we had a long job ahead of us, we served ratatouille with couscous along with meatballs. Then after a lot of washing up we all went out to play frisbee along with some of the guides from the south west region who are camped next to us.

By, Siobhan and Thomas.

1 year, 7 months ago Neil Murray wrote:
Neil Murray

Day four of the Jamborette on the 31st of July. We Had a bit of a lie in as we needed to have our first cooked breakfast of bacon, eggs, beans, mushrooms and fried tomatoes to get us ready for the hike. The distance of the hike was 12k along the flats of Holland. We started with shorts and jumper as when we started the hike, it was nice and warm. That soon changed, however, as just as we were about to set off, it started raining. Luckily, most of us had raincoats so it wasn’t much of a bother. 4K in, we were all huddled under a tree, with the wind blowing, and the rain was pouring all around us. We made the decision to go back and fell short of the 12K hike by 4K. When we got back, we dried off, and went to the mess tent where we played some inside games, like cards. Eventually, the rain stopped, and we were able to go outside. For dinner, we had some dehydrated food which we had mixed opinions about. This did, however, mean that we didn’t have much washing up to do, so that was a big plus.

By Oscar, Adam and Leah.

1 year, 7 months ago Barbara Vincent wrote:
Barbara Vincent

You’re all going to sleep for a month when you get back 😁

1 year, 7 months ago Michelle wrote:
Michelle

HAPPY 15th BIRTHDAY SIOBHAN!!!! πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‚πŸŽπŸŽπŸŽˆ

1 year, 7 months ago Helen Smith wrote:
Helen Smith

Great to hear what you have been doing. Hope you haven’t been washed away!

1 year, 7 months ago Neil Murray wrote:
Neil Murray

Day five of the Haarlem Jamborette on the 1st of August, which was the day for Trails. We started off by having Dutch pancakes for breakfast and because it was Siobhan’s Birthday, she got a special s-shaped pancake with sprinkles. We sang Happy Birthday to her before going off to our first trail of the day, which was either “Under Pressure” or “Mad Max”. People doing “Under Pressure” took part in a High Ropes Course, a Low Ropes Obstacle Course, where Karl lost his glasses on the cargo net, the “Roundabout” and Jacob’s Ladder. Whereas, those doing “Mad Max” took part in a derby go-kart race, in which they got given parts to make their own go-karts. After lunch, the people that did “Mad Max” went to “Under Pressure” and those who did “Under Pressure” went to “Post Apocalyptica”, which entailed an escape room, a maze, a giant sized game of Downfall and an obstacle course. For dinner, we had chicken and pesto spaghetti before our frisbee team went to take part in the tournament and lost to the girl guides from the southwest region. Whilst the other half of us had chocolate pudding for dessert.

Written by Jess and Sam

1 year, 7 months ago Neil Murray wrote:
Neil Murray

Day 6 of the Haarlem jamborette on the 2nd of August was our free day.We started off the day with a lie in and Pancakes. We decided that instead of sitting around all day we would take a train trip down to Haarlem and spend the day shopping and looking around. We took a short walk to the station and got on the train to Haarlem. We even saw a double decker train! After that we all split into groups and went shopping. After a few hours of looking around the local area we returned to the camp and had a lesson on finger speaking and British sign language for our open day activity on disability awareness. After dinner which was an Indonesian curry, we all went down to the subcamp campfire and enjoyed two hours of fun, and somewhat cringy acts from countries around the world. We then all chilled out and headed off to bed.
-Matthew and Asha

1 year, 7 months ago Mark Corton wrote:
Mark Corton

Sounds great so far, you’re all going to be exhausted!!
Has Oliver remembered it’s his birthday on Tuesday? 😁
Hope you get to do something extra fun on the day, you’ll have to wait until you get back to get your pressies! πŸŽπŸŽ‰

1 year, 7 months ago Neil Murray wrote:
Neil Murray

Day 7, third of August

Today the cook team woke up at 7 to cook eggs for breakfast. After breakfast, we went on to do advance crafts witch included scarf making and book cutting. Then we went back to camp to enjoy a buffet style lunch. After lunch we went onto technology and created a listening device to hear radio chatter. After that activity we cook beef sausages for the rest of the group. We ended the day with a disco at the mock tent to celebrate all birthdays at camp.

Written by Antoni and Adam Vincent

1 year, 7 months ago Neil Murray wrote:
Neil Murray

Day 8,
we started the day at 7:30 with bacon and eggs for breakfast. We then went on to go to flag break in uniform where Sam got called up for his birthday in front of the Subcamp. Straight from there we went on to reflection, which was us watching a play with a man following along the plot with sand drawings with meaning behind it. From reflection we had time to relax a bit, having showers and eating lunch until 2. From then we started our open house which was all about Aylesbury and disability due to our relation with stoke Mandeville. We also go the opportunity to go around and see other people’s β€˜stalls’ and learn about their countries and culture which all the explorers enjoyed
Written by Leah, Oscar, Adam f and William

1 year, 7 months ago Neil Murray wrote:
Neil Murray

Day 9
We had a brilliant day seeing a train museum which was really interactive and Utrecht. We cooked a nice Indian curry for dinner which contained pineapple which was interesting.
Thiara

1 year, 7 months ago Helen wrote:
Helen

Sounds like you are having a brilliant time! I hope that the poorly ones are feeling better. Enjoy the last couple of dates and than you so much for taking the time to send us these updates its much appreciated :)

1 year, 7 months ago Barbara Vincent wrote:
Barbara Vincent

Thank you for the updates, sounds like you have all been very busy. Hope everyone is feeling ok today. Last day today, hope it’s a good one!

1 year, 7 months ago Mark Corton wrote:
Mark Corton

Happy 17th birthday Oliver!! Have a great last day in Haarlem, see you tomorrow! πŸŽ‰πŸŽŠπŸŽ‚πŸŽˆπŸŽ

1 year, 7 months ago William Hofhansl wrote:
William Hofhansl

Hope you all enjoy your last day at camp, it sounds like you’ve had an amazing time! Wishing you a good jouney home.

1 year, 7 months ago Louise Stubbs wrote:
Louise Stubbs

I’m looking forward to the washing!!! enjoy the last evening and see you all tomorrow x

1 year, 7 months ago Neil Murray wrote:
Neil Murray

Day ten 6/08/19

Today we started off with delicious pancakes topped syrup. We then went to our first activity of the day which was sports. Our particular sports involved water and competing against our fellow scouts from around the world. Somehow, we managed to win. Celebrating this victory, we went back to our campsite for our lunch. We then went to the other half of our activity which involved; Dutch golf (a clog as a club head) balancing people on a giant inflatable ball and playing football while wearing giant footballs. We then end not only the day, but the camp with the bombastic closing ceremony witch went on though the Night involving fireworks, cheering and the odd tear.

Written by Jonathan skinner and Antoni unsing.

1 year, 6 months ago Louise Stubbs wrote:
Louise Stubbs

want to say a huge thank you to Neil, Heather, Mikki, Ron, John and Karl for running such anamazing trip Eva is still buzzing.