Thursday, July 29, 2010

July 29th, 2010 - Day 6

Back to our normal schedule we awoke to an already warm morning with extremely high humidity making it feel like a sauna for most of the day. While waiting for breakfast some scouts chose to read the daily newspaper (Jamboree Today) to find out about what happened yesterday and what they can expect today. This morning pancakes and sausage was what we were eating before we started our 4th day at the Jamboree.

My first stop was the trading posts were I picked up today’s Patch of the Day. Everyday they release a different patch and it’s my understanding that they are limited to only 2010. Our trading post that is closest to our campsite only gets about 680 and is usually sold out within the first hour or two of being open. Today’s patch featured the International scouting symbol to mark the jamboree’s celebration of International Scout Day.

Next I traveled west to go checkout what that side of the Jamboree had. Spotting several really cool activities I took some pictures of the scouts having fun at the disabilities awareness area, technology quest, and the Mysterium Compass. The last two things are ticketed items that troop are only allowed to show up at their allotted time. Our troop is scheduled for the technology quest area on Sunday afternoon, and because we only received 20 tickets for Mysterium Compass we gave our tickets away to a neighboring troop. However the Mysterium Compass area has two sections and one is open to anyone at anytime. This section features a lot of scouting’s history in the form of patches, books, pictures, and neckerchiefs.

Since we need to be back at camp by 2 PM we decided to swing back the long way a check out the fishing lake and where they do SCUBA and snorkeling. Stopping to get lunch before getting back to the campsite, I used my day’s meal ticket to pick up a bagged lunch and headed back to eat it at camp. It wasn’t long after I got back and started to eat that it began to rain. It rained hard for about 25 minutes completely soaking everything and knocking our gateway over in the process. The wind was also strong enough to snap one of our flag poles in half, and send trash and other gear flying around our campsite. The kids back in our campsite were having a blast playing in the rain until they figured out they would be the ones cleaning up the mess after the rain stopped.

We had planned on performing our second Mic-O-Say dance around 3 PM this afternoon but due to the rain and potential for more rain in the forecast the adults made an executive decision to hold off on dancing for another day. With this in mind we sent the boys about their way to take in a few more hours of fun. I decided to tag along with a few of the boys for a couple hours before we needed to be back for supper and I must say that I had some fun. We did a little patch trading and made a couple stops in the exhibit area. One of the better stops we made was the Bechtel Scout Reserve tent. This tent had a lot of information on the recently acquired land by the BSA that will host the next National Jamboree. The boys got to use computers and iPads to take a survey on what they would like to see at the next Jamboree and when they completed the survey they got a free hat.

Being back in camp by 5 we settled down for our not so good SPAM supper with mac and cheese for a side dish. Needless to say it wasn’t the best tasting meal we have had on our trip and it showed by the amount of leftovers. The adult leaders discuss what should be done because we didn’t really want to eat what was being served but we choked it down the best we could. So we decided that if the boys’ cleanup supper and the camp by a certain time we would allow them to visit the concession stand to get some better tasting food. Everyone seemed to like this idea and began rushing to get everything done in time. Later that night when we got back to our campsite we sat down with the patrols and had our nightly patrol meeting to discuss how the day went and what is yet to come. After the patrol meetings were done we gathered up all the boys and I presented everyone with a patch from the 1997 National Jamboree as gift that everyone seemed to like. Soon there after we sent them all to bed so we would be prepared to wake up early the next morning for the 5K Run/Walk.

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