World Scout Jamboree Team
11th August 2019
The Medway 5 are home from our amazing jamboree experience and there are only a few words we can say other than wow - Thank you!
A huge thank you goes to all the IST, CMT, CMST, JPT and unit leaders for making this a fantastic jamboree and amazing life changing experience. However we have to say a big thank you to everyone who supported us along this journey of fundraising and travel adventures - our families, friends, troops and everyone who donated all deserve a big thank you!
9th August 2019
Come fly with me!
Houston we've landed. We're officially back in the uk after an 8 hour flight. I even got to sit in the cockpit of the aircraft. We drove back to Sutton valence school and our units said our goodbyes and we now look forward for our reunion in October.
8th August 2019
Life is a highway!
Today we woke up at 4 am however my tent woke up at 4:30 to pack the last of our belongings and get ready to go. We collected our breakfast and lunch and boarded the coach with a long journey ahead of us from maple in Ontario to jfk airport in New York. On route we stopped at Niagara Falls and got lots of group pictures etc then continued driving till we arrived at a Walmart for everyone to buy more food to survive the rest of the journey. We're currently at the airport waiting to board our plane with approximately an 8 hour night flight ahead of us and there are lots of tired scouts waiting to get home to there beds to sleep.
7th August 2019
One last time!
We woke up and set up our jamboree tents to dry them. Once they were all up and we had had breakfast we all headed in separate ways. Some went to the shopping outlet and others went to a theme park. I went to the shopping outlet to get a few souvenirs and we spent most the day walking around and looking at weird things. We walked back to our hoho home and put down the tents as they had dried during the day then we packed up most of our belongings for tomorrow when we leave. In the evening our hosts had prepared a barbecue for us and invited a few Canadian scouts to come as well. Then we said our thank yous and gave them some gifts and badges. And a few of us girls decided to do a mini spa and had face and eye masks. Whilst some of the boys tested out their massage skills.
6th August 2019
I'm in Toronto and I got this view!
We woke up in our tents in our HoHo hosts garden and boarded the coach at 10 and started to make our way into toronto from maple. Once in Toronto we walked to the city hall where the famous Toronto sign sits and had group pictures outside there. While we waited for other scouts, some of us bought some lunch and tried poutine. We then headed over to some shelter where uk and German scout units staying with Canadian hoho hosts gathered for a picture. We then walked up to the new city hall where I was lucky enough to be chosen to raise the world scouting flag with a Canadian scout. Then everyone headed off for lunch and did some shopping and sight seeing. It was also someone's 16th birthday so our hosts bought some ice cream cakes ( ice cream shaped like a birthday cake) which were delicious.
5th August 2019
Today we packed up our kit in the university and headed for another uni breakfast. After we waited outside for our coach to arrive. The day then consisted on a 13 hour drive from Maryland to maple in Canada. We successfully made it across the Canadian boarder and headed to our HoHo which we found out was at someone's house. Kindly enough the scout leaders who owned the house had already set up tents for us in the back garden. They made us some subs for dinner then we headed to bed.
4th August 2019
Take me out to the ball game!
Today we got up early and walked across to the university dining hall. We then got ready and walked across campus to get on a school bus to Baltimore. Once in Baltimore we walked to the stadium and received a free Baltimore orioles baseball hat and took to our seats. There was 4000 scouts in the stadium creating an amazing atmosphere. We had great seats as we weren't too high but could still see everything. For lunch uk contingent had arranged it and we got a soda, water, hot dog, crisps and souvenir cup. UK contingent even handed out foam hands for us all. With our lunch it felt like we were living the true American cultures at a baseball game. At their home stadium, the Baltimore orioles were victorious against the Toronto blue jays. Once we left we headed back to Maryland university to dump our stuff and catch a bus to the train station, where we headed to pentagon city for some quick shopping in Macy's then headed to the matchbox restaurant for our dinner. Where I had a spicy meatball and pork pizza with a strawberry lemonade and chips. Everyone had eaten the most amount of food since we arrived in the US. it was also one of our unit members birthday so was very special for her to celebrate it with us at a nice restaurant.
3rd August 2019
Welcome to D.C!
We woke up and headed down for breakfast with the rest of the uk units sharing dorms with us. Then we headed down to catch a bus then a subway in to Washington DC. Once in Washington DC we arrived at the archives station and walked to the United States capitol. We had a unit picture outside the capitol and saw an american football team also getting a team picture. We then headed down to the Washington memorial and also had a unit picture. We decided to head down to the White House however the view isn't that clear as there was a barrier a distance away from the fence and supposedly some renovations occurring. Our unit then split into groups of our choice so my group headed down to the Lincoln memorial and recreated the captain America scene around the national mall whilst also visiting the Vietnam veterans memorial. We headed back to a station and headed to pentagon city to look at some shops and get some lunch. And spent our afternoon shopping. Once we had headed back to the uni we had dinner and got ready for the uk contingent party. I bought a cheap American flag tie die t shirt for the party earlier. We walked to the party which was on campus but still a trek as the campus was huge. They had stuff from USA, Mexico and Canada and was known as a tri national party. You could have a photo shoot, caricature, hold some animals, play carnival stalls games, practise baseball etc. There was even a replica capitol building, Washington monument and Lincoln memorial. As the party continue more music began to be played till nearly everyone was sweating and dancing. We also received a free ground sheet with the tea bear one to sit on or take back and our leaders collected our #uk24wsjbingo badges that we completed in New York and Washington DC.
2nd August 2019
Iï¿½m on my way!
Today was departure day and we were meant to get up at 5am however no one got up on time. We had to quickly pack up our sleeping stuff into our holdall then to pack down all our tents and shelters. We made our way up the hill to our coach and loaded it up. Once on the coach I ended up falling asleep for the entirety of the journey till we were in Washington. We arrived at Maryland university and were allocated our rooms and had quick showers. We then split off into groups and walked around the huge campus. I went to the uni's football stadium, baseball stadium and athletic stadium along with the food shops and stores on campus. The Americans campus' are huge and have so many things to do. We then headed to the university dinning area which was like an American dinner.