Report from the International Scout Jamboree in Korea
MIKE BURLEIGH (UBJVM6Q@CU.BBK.AC.UK)
Sat, 17 Aug 1991 21:27:00 BST
Seoul was a awash with flags.....flags on the lamposts near the hotel go
missing!...Scout luggage gets fatter!
Scouts buying 'R
Reebok' trainers for resale back home!
UK Units flew in from Japan...they could have done this without an aircraft as
their homestay experiences had been wonderful!
Nearly a week of rain has produced 'mud and chaos' at the Jamboree campsite!
20,000 and more scouts from over 100 countries arrived at the jamboree site in
700 buses making the last part of the 6 hour journey on a specially built
Only 3 passports and 5 cameras lost to date!
Despite police with flashing lights and sirens helping to negotiate the heavy
Seoul traffic, the last coaches bringing all units to the jamboree site did not
arrive until 03:30 hours on 8th August.
Lack of sleep has not however prevented the Scouts from giving graphic
descriptions of their Homestay experiences in both Korea and Japan. Everyone was
quite overwhelmed with the warm and generosity of their Japanese and Korean
The campsite still shows the aftermath of the heavy rains of the previous week.
Bright hot sunshine with a welcoming cool breeze is helping to dry things out.
Six hours of intensive work has turned the British HQ into a first class
exhibition area..outside they are serving English tea and shortbread biscuits.
The display areas for each unit were all finished in time for the opening
ceremony at 7pm.
The star of the day has to be the display of the first Brownsea camp which has
already been filmed for Korean television. The scouts wearing the sort of
clothing worn by the very first campers on Brownsea are much admired and
8 pairs of GG knickers disappeared from a clothes line during the night!
Water up to six inches deep has turned into a sea of mud at some
campsites..despite this only one unit had to relocate when even their dtch
digging efforts failed to stop the water cascading through their tents.
The rain which followed on the heels of a tornado has not dampened the spirits
of 20,000 young people.
Sporting activities available include everything from motorcycling to archery.
The main attraction continues to be the re-enactment of the first Brownsea
Island camp under the supervision of Baden-Powell himself.
Watched a party of Japanese, Brits, U.S. and Korean Scouts (boys and girls)
digging ditches and humping containers of sand..truly International
Big birthday party for three from the Hampshire unit. The British pavilion has
run out of biscuits to serve with the tea...shortbread went days ago...must be
doing 5 to 6000 cups of tea a day.........still no news of the GG knickers!
President Roh of the Republic of Korea arrived at the UK Pavilion yesterday.
The Jamboree Daily paper 'Soraksan Times continues to be produced in three
sections, French, English and Korean. There is a constant 'fight' between the
sub-editors for more space....the French section of the paper is very much
concerned with world issues and two days ago they devoted their whole section to
the Hiroshima peace commemorative which was of course this month.
A shopping trip to Socho yesterday showed how much preparation has been done
with elaborate flowerbeds with Jamboree logos in plants, hundreds of flags and
many special arches. We are told that the President had decreed the during the
jamboree, the National flag of Korea will be the Jamboree flag. Now we
understand why the population gets angry when they see scouts trying to
'liberate' Jamboree flags!
Every corner of the camp is filled with Scouts swapping badges and uniforms.
Today the UK is launching 10,000 B-P plastic cards on the market - this should
give our contingent increased barter power.
The Brits. held an International reception in front of their pavilion last night
and served fruit punch due to the ban on alcohol. The Heart of England Unit came
and gave a Morris dancing display. During the event someone nicked the Brownsea
Flag from our Brownsea Island display.
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