The following article was written by one of the Jamboree Unit and published in her community magazine. Japan in a Box is a great way to share the Jamboree experience with your own troop, so we thought we’d share the article with you! Continue reading
Training Camp 5 was held on the 23rd to the 25th of January at Potterne and was jam-packed full of activities; we had to get used to a busy schedule and long days!
When we had all arrived we were told we were going to experience getting on and off of the Bullet Train, which is how we’re getting from Tokyo to the Jamboree site. We had to gat all of our bags on as well as us whilst avoiding obstacles such as other people. This was all good practise in that in Japan we would only have 2 minutes in which to board the train. We then had a candle lit campfire, where we all performed sketches like we might have to do in Japan when we host people for dinner. That night we also went geocaching which involved us working in teams to find capsules located around Potterne. My group managed to successfully find three and had fun trying to work the GPS.
2014 was a big year for us (although not as big as 2015 will be!). We achieved a huge amount, and we’d like to say arigatou (thank you) to you all for supporting us. Here’s a glimpse of what we got up to last year.
In early November, the Wiltshire Jamboree Unit went to ScareFest at Gilwell Park for a spooky weekend. Here’s what Joanna from the Unit had to say about it:
It was an exciting camp and started off with a few people walking around in costumes and then the big ceremony with loads of lights and nearly everyone was dressed up! There were exciting and scary mazes filled with surprises and loads of interesting people to talk to in the queues. It helped me and the rest of the Wiltshire Jamboree Unit to prepare for the Jamboree because to start off we needed to get there which included getting lots of trains so we got some practice of getting onto trains quickly because in Japan trains are only at a station for 2 minutes and then leave.
However at the camp we had to prepare our own food and put up tents, which as Scouts we were all good at that already, and we used the camp as time together where we could all get to know each other more and do some quizzes about Japan and played people bingo asking people on the site different questions to see if they fitted each of the parts which were all Jamboree or Japan related. For example whether someone had ever attended a Scout Jamboree. This helped us as a group to gain confidence and social skills for we would need these when we go on the Jamboree as we would be meeting
many new people and would be able to easily get into conversation. Overall the ScareFest experience has helped us with travelling and meeting people as a group so preparing us for Japan!
-Joanna (Wiltshire North)
Our third training camp took place on the August bank holiday at Thirtover Place, near Newbury. We arrived on the Friday evening and our preparations for Japan started immediately. First challenge: pitch all our tents, dining shelters and the kitchen in the space we will have for our unit at the Jamboree. We had to think about orientation of the tents because there will be a road alongside our pitch in Japan, distance between our tents in case of fire, and the intended location of our unit gateway.
Back at the end of May, the Unit held our second training camp in London. We stayed at Scout Park in North London, and did a whole range of activities from learning Japanese to early morning exercise sessions, from designing our unit gateway to practicing our media skills, and from shooting footage for our Unit video to trying out Japanese cuisine. Continue reading
Our second fundraising Dingbats quiz is now available from members of the Unit. Buy a copy of the quiz for £1, and send it back to us. If you’re the first fully correct sheet out of the hat on 28th September, then you’ll win £20.
If you’d like to take part but don’t know any members of the Unit, contact us and we will arrange getting a copy to you.
Our Unit Badge is now available for sale! You can buy yours from any member of the Jamboree Unit, or by getting in touch with us directly.
The badges cost £2.50 each, with all funds going to the Wiltshire Jamboree Unit. There will be an additional postage cost if you require the badges being sent by mail.
We’re pleased to reveal the Unit badge for the Wiltshire Jamboree Unit. The badge was inspired by a design from one of our Unit members, and evolved to embody some of the ideals of the Jamboree and our Jamboree unit.
To see the badge, and for more information about it, see the Unit Badge page.
At the end of January, the Wiltshire Jamboree Unit met for the first time at Wiltshire Scout Centre for their first Training Weekend. It’s taken a lot of work to get to the stage where we have 27 Young People selected, but it was great to finally see them all together for the first time (and you can see them too on The Unit page).