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As you might imagine, with 40,000 people living and taking part, this is a massive site (the fourth largest ‘town’ in Southern Sweden in fact) so Sunday’s challenge was to visit the far corners which we had missed to-date.

The morning got off to a bright start with Units from South Yorkshire and Avon who were in great form over breakfast and hoping that their sun dances would be paying dividends – they certainly did.

Surely a coincidence?

Making our way across the site we had an unfortunate affect on the units from Buckinghamshire and Dorset and Sierra Leone, as both had minor accidents while we were with them on consecutive visits. No wonder that one of the two units from Northern Ireland were off-site when we popped into see them next, they must have got wind of our impact.

Looking after the Units

The camp is organised into three towns (plus the adult sub-camp) and each has six sub-camps with a leader and assistant in each. We caught up with Adrian and Dawn from the UK who were each Sub Camp Leaders for their respective Towns.

They have the task of helping Units with a programme, particularly aimed at getting them to know each other. They’d got them off to a great start on the first evening by asking the Units to switch around for dinner – a great way to make new friends.  They were also great at helping us to find two of the Units we had been looking for.

Lasting friendships

We finished our visits to the Unit sub camps with a fantastic time with one of the Units from Northern Ireland who were all, without exception, fantastic hosts clearly having a great time and happy to chat away about what made their Jamboree so special up to now.

It was all about the people they said; a chance to find new friends, learn so much about different cultures and countries. Like nothing they have experienced before was also a frequent summary – oh, and the activities weren’t bad either.

Thanks for the hospitality and coffee.

Those quiet moments to reflect    

Grabbing a quick bite to eat we were approached by Andras, a Hungarian gentleman who asked if he could sing us a song.

He had some great stories to tell of his experiences in Hungary during the war and subsequently the role that Scouting has playing in helping the development of young people through sometimes traumatic times. He spoke fondly of the support from Gervaise and Betty Clay and others.

One of numerous conversations struck with otherwise total strangers with one thing in common - Scouting

Time to move on

I’m travelling back to the UK on Monday to visit the International Camps and others across the UK for the rest of the week but didn’t leave the site without taking a chance to thank the adults working to make it happen, the IST and support teams – more of this tomorrow.

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