Friday, 5 August 2011

A Not-So Welcome Return

Today is day 9, meaning there is only one full day left at the World Scout Jamboree. It started with a wonderful experience: the chance to help raise the 176 national flags flying at the WSJ. 20 members of our troop got up bright and early, and headed to the flags in full uniform. Unfortunetly, not all of us got to raise a flag as there were more people than needed. The few of us who did raise a flag got to raise one of the World Scouting flags located in Four Seasons Square.

After this, we headed to our last module activity, Global Development Village (GDV). We spent the morning learning about the environment, how Mexican scouts are working to help it and how to help it yourself. After lunch, we split up, half of us going to Entrepreneurship, and half going to Health. At Health we explored several health issues local to where we are from, then learned a bit about Ugandan scouts fighting malaria. There was so much to explore at GDV, but so little time.

Our not so welcome visitor today was old good old friend, rain. It has been raining on and off all day, again. Not as bad as earlier in the week, so we don't really mind, but it has put a bit of a damper on our last few days. Tomorrow we tear down camp, then have the closing ceremony. Tonight we intend to have a dance party with all our Irish (and assorted other nationalities) friends.

We are all tired, and there is the occasional spat between eachother, but none of us truly want to go home. The WSJ has been one of (or maybe even the) most amazing experience of our lives, and no one wants it to end. But, as the saying goes, all good things must come to an end. We still have one more day though, so we will hope for no rain, and have the best day of our lives. This is the begining of the end of 22nd World Scout Jamboree in Sweden, but our experiences and new

friendships will live on forever.

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