Wednesday, January 5, 2011

An important visitor, a proud Scout and a prouder leader or two.

First of all, most of our Scouts are back on site with us again, Tom and Luke are allowed out of isolation tomorrow at 5pm and will rejoin light activities for the last day of Jambo. Kate is also popping back in with John tomorrow and then we'll see how she gets on with activities.

It was an exciting morning when the Governor General, Anand Satynand dropped by with RH Bill English and RH Phil Goff to see the Jamboree and to have lunch with Takuma Peters who has achieved his Chief Scout award. We gave him a wave and called out as he went past the front door of our site as we were finishing off the last of our duties before inspection.

There are a couple of inspectors who pop by every day checking on our site's health, hygiene and camping standards. Today I'm proud to report that our Scouts achieved the Silver standard for the first time on the whole Jamboree. They've all begun to understand how camp works, and how the team work brings together many skills to make the whole family site work. You can all be proud of your kids, they are an awesome bunch. They won't be the same boys and girls you sent away almost nine days ago.

Tak went along to the Chief Scout's Luncheon with around 120 other Chief Scouts who have been awarded their badge this year.  Jo and I vetted his uniform and presentation last night and Tak organised cover for when he would be away from his patrol during the day. We borrowed a few things from amongst the troop to make sure he had some smarter pants, and a more modern shirt, but I felt like a proud uncle as he walked off to his appointment with the Scouting top brass as well as the top echelon of our political system, representing our group. Well done Tak.

He's become an aspirational goal for our Scouts and a number of them came up to us afterwards to ask just how they could get on the track to their own Chief Scout next year, a few of these were Scouts who'd expressed their intention to leave after the Jamboree.

Mike's patrol were chasing round Hamilton Gardens today, whilst our other patrols were busy making some fancy items and discovering some of the nooks and crannies they'd ignored in the early parts of the Jamboree when they were more focused on doing the 'big ticket item events'. They were also treated to an extra hour in bed as we wind down in an effort to gear ourselves up for the end of the Jamboree.

Some of the Scouts got organised to paint this fence post in a replica of the group jamboree scarf, that will be a permanent reminder of the group when it's erected at Hamilton Zoo sometime in 2011.

Here's hoping for the Gold Standard tomorrow, and the first of many more group camps using the skills we're learning now. See you all with your tired wee bunnies on the 7th.

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