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Adventure is getting close!
Louise here again, and my head is filled with Jamboree-related things all day long, every day.
The best (or the worst-nerve-wrecking?) thing is that for every day we get more and more information about the camp, what might happen and how things will look like. For every new kind of information I read I just want to the date for departure to come closer, and at the same time not. I have so much that I need to do before we leave, all manageable in two days basically, but with my planning and organisation it will take some time.. I ponder on which sleeping bag I have to buy, which bedroll I have to decide for, what kind of clothes and shoes I need to bring, and planning for the trip after the Jamboree. When something with a deadline only affect me, I tend to do it too slow and often in the last minute. Great.

Get some Japanese Yen for the trip - check!
The Head Team of the Jamboree has released the map over the campsite, and it's impressively small for the amount of 30 000 scouts who will spend 12 days together! At the space of 1km x 3km, we are going to live in tents, endure different weather than we are used to, and of course, share laughs and experiences.
For us IST (you remember, the people who will work) the official information from the beginning was that we would be assigned to our jobs when we arrived to the Jamboree campsite. However, for little more than a week ago we got an email containing the IST job. That morning I woke up too early for a day off, and restless and not want to get up I went through my email. There I saw it, sent to me just minutes earlier. That info really woke me up, and I immediately contacted every scout who's going to the Jamboree. So what will my job be during the camp? I actually don't know, not exactly. I know which department I'll belong to, but not the specific work assignment. And just to be a little bit mean, I will hold on the little information I know until we reach the campsite.

The fantastic yellow Kånken backpack that every Swede will wear!

As a part of the whole Jamboree-experience every foreigner scout will have a trip before or after the camp itself. The trip differs between every country, but mostly people travel trough the country that host the Jamboree. It also differs between adult scouts (such as IST's and some sort of Management/Head/In-charge-people) and participants. For us Swedish IST's, the trip is quite extraordinary. Since we are 376 IST, it would be difficult for us to travel as a whole group, so instead we are traveling in small patrols. Every patrol will plan their own trip around Japan, as long as we arrive to the Jamboree on time, and then make our flight home again. Thanks to our amazing Contingent Management Team, we will have a railway pass to ease our traveling through Japan by train. For me and my patrol, basically every important part of planning for our trip is done. All nights in every city are booked, the high-recommended Ghibli-museum in Tokyo are booked and paid for, and we have a basic plan of what we want to do in every city. The best ground for a healthy and fun tourist trip is to have likeminded people to travel with, and I am happy to say that my group is perfect! Which is quite fortunate since we were matched together based on four questions and that non of us knew each other before February 7th 2015.

But are we different? We are all scouts and we are, if I may say so, amazing people.
(however we still don't have a tent to sleep in during the Jamboree.. ah well, it will resolve itself soon)

As you might noticed I have a lot to think about, and all of this is just five or six percent of all the Jamboree-related things I think about all day long. I would love to write about it all, but it might not be as fun for you to read as for me to write.
Until next time I hope that I have everything bought and ready for Japan. You know, it's all about being prepared.



Louise



(puzzled about the title for this blog-entry? It's quite funny....)