Thursday, 4 August 2011

Canadian, Eh!

Today is day 8 and is Cultural Festival Day here at the World Scout Jamboree. Every troop had food and or other activities available for the rest of the camp to enjoy. Our troop partnered with Canada House to make pancakes with real maple syrup, and some good old ball hockey.

The morning was spent cleaning our site and finishing building our gateway. We then split the troop into shifts, and the great pancake cook off began. Our patrol spent a few hours touring the camp, enjoying (and sometimes not so much enjoying) the food from various cultures. Even though some of the food is more of an aquired taste, we still enjoyed the experience. When our shift came, we quickly slipped into a routine of cooking and serving. Our authentic Canadian maple syrup was a big hit around camp, and our site was busy even after we ran out. We still have lots of leftover syrup though (mmmmmmmm...). Tonight there is a camp wide event at the main stage, which should prove to be amazing once again.

If I haven't already made it clear enough, the best part of a World Jamboree is meeting so many people from so many different cultures, and seeing them all work together. Our hockey was a hit across all nationalities, and seeing the mix of people all playing our game made me a proud Canadian.

All the Canadian Contingent gear (crests, shirts, jackets, etc...) has been exceptionaly popular amongst the trading community, and a lot of us have now traded some of it away for various other contingents' stuff, especially UK and Ireland.

Things are amazing here. I mean, this is the 22nd World Scout Jamboree, eh!

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