On Saturday, 7 of our older cubs, accompanied by Rama, Skipper and Rikki went to Future Scout Day at the Jamboree, where nine of our Scouts and Makara and Ted are.
Well it was a full on day, starting with an early rise to get to the coach at Narrabeen by 7am. Uneventful bus trip through the city, making good time until Baden Powell Drive, the road into the Jamboree, where there was a bank up of cars and buses, then a line up into the Jamboree. However everything moved along, and before we knew it we were in. We walked up the main road to 0639, our Scout's troop camp, passing lots of intriguing signs to abseiling, circuses, shops, ropes courses, Australiana, Brownsea Island. On the way were loads of interesting markets, we were keeping a sharp eye out for lime green shirts, because that was the troop's shirt.
It was pretty hot and we knew what we wanted to hit first, the Waterslides, that were close by to the Scouts. There were two, one winding one, that had some tight corners, and the other one was a big straight drop. We fitted as many slides in as possible before lunch, then ate our lunch with the troop, and then on. We could have stayed there all day, but we had other challenges to achieve.
We needed to complete nine activities to win our FSD Award. We wandered though the contingents, visiting other states, New Zealand, Northern Territory, and of course Queensland, carrying out various activities, aiming for the Flying Fox.
Once we got there, we climbed up a big pile of shipping containers, and at the top was the flying fox. It was a long way up and pretty scary. We got harnessed up and jumped off. It was very exciting.
Off we went to collect our award and souvenirs, then back on the bus and home.
Melanie: The jamboree was very hot and lots of fun. I loved the water slide the best. The huge blow up slide was scary. I didn't go on the flying fox. By the time we got on the bus to go home I was exhausted and my legs were killing me! But it was fun and that's what matters.
Sebastian: At the jamboree the cubs had to do nine things out of twelve. My favourites were the two water slides (the long one and the mammoth one), the giant flying fox (the scariest part was the stairs!) and getting a tattoo of the scout sign. The rest of the things we did were walking around and looking at different things inside tents. After we did everything we got a bag of souvenirs with lots of badges and other things. The only bad thing was the long wait to get inside.
Daniel: Jamboree was fun. I liked the number one slide the best. I want to go back so we can do Challenge Valley and all the other things.
We think we did some of the best activities there, but we are looking forward to Cuboree, where we can do more on site activities, which is on next January at Cataract. The next Jamboree, in 2013, that will be in Queensland. Most of us will be old enough to go to the next one.
The overall impression of Jamboree was Kid City, (with 13000 Scouts and 8000 visiting Cubs). A city almost entirely of kids, which, because of the excellent security, was safe enough for them to be able to walk around freely, participate in endless activities, and be entertained! As a parent, I can see it is such a wonderful, exciting and truly unique experience for them.