Midway through the Jamboree

Hi! Louise writing again, and this time it's Monday and we're already midway through the Jamboree. At lot of things have happened since I posted my last blog entry. Where shall I even begin my story of the last few days? 

Our IST campsite is not the best, but we have a beautiful view over the sunset every evening. 

What do we do during daytime? Apart from staying away from the sun and the heat, every scout at this camp have something to do.
The participants have seven special programs for every day (of course they have some day off). Three of them are on-site, three of them are off-site, and one of them could be both on- and off-site. I'm not going to tell you detailed info about every program, but that's mostly because I really don't know a lot about them. Some of the programs are recurring ones for every Jamboree, and one of them is the Global Development Village (GDV). At the GDV, the participants learn and discuss about many global issues and how every individual person can tackle them in their daily life. They discuss subjects like Human Rights, Health, Poverty, Environment and Sustainability, and what we as humans can do to affect them. If you ask me, I think the main reason of the Jamboree is for people from different cultures to meet and exchange greetings. Clearly someone else have they same idea since one of the participant programs is Culture. As I understand it, the participants will be given the chance to try things from other cultures, maybe some clothing and games, and then they discuss what they experienced. The main idea of the Culture program is the understanding of differences between cultures and to ease our mutual understanding and to embrace the spirit of unity. 

I managed to catch some of the beautiful red moon the other day. 
So that's what the participants do. What do I fill my days with? My job is in the Marketing and Communication Department, and it's basically everything that connects with media. I got sorted into the department that handles our Young Spokespersons, which are about 70 scouts from different countries with the assignment to talk to media. Their job is to talk to media like TV or radio, but also to do some interviews or participate in video shooting for activities on-site. The major task my group of scouts got to do was the interview with NASA and the International Space Station. I can't relly mean the REAL International Space Station (ISS) in outer space? Yes I do. A few days ago there was a planned radio contact between the World Scout Jamboree (WSJ) and ISS. The radio scouts in charge of the technicalities had some trouble getting contact with the station, but when the astronaut finally answered we all got so exited! It's hard to put it down in words because of the many mixed feelings that went through our bodies that night. We were actually talking live with a person in outer space! It all became more real when we actually saw the station fly above our heads across the sky. It was a fantastic experience for the young scouts but for ourselves as well. 
When I'm not working I hang out with other scouts both from home, my IST job and random people I meet at the campsite. It's very easy to start talking to random scouts, hang out with them and then not seeing them again. Or you do. But that's the beauty of scouting at camps, everything is casual and you can talk to every person you meet! 

My friend trying to squeeze the moon. 

The radio tent where people sit 24 hours a day, talking to people from all across the world.

Happy scouts preparing for the NASA/WSJ radio contact.

This is the recording of our NASA/WSJ radio contact. The pictures in the background is some old footage. 

Midway through the Jamboree, a lot of things are happening around the campsite. People and departments arrange activities both on-site and off-site. I have seen people playing football, going on picture scavenger hunt, taking the bus in to the city for some tourism and to bath in hot springs. And because of the massive heat, humidity and the crazy sun, there's a lot of people that suffers from sunstroke and other related illnesses. Here and there you see people faint and the Jamboree hospital is never empty. A big shoutout to all the ISTs that's currently working in the hospital and at all First Aid Tents, you're doing a great job!

That's everything I had for you at the moment, but I have a lot more to tell you about in my next blog entry! 

Over and out

a sunburned Louise

One of the best wi-fi areas with lights and benches. There's always a few hundred people hanging out around these spots.