Second report from the 17th World Scout Jamboree
MIKE BURLEIGH (UBJVM6Q@CU.BBK.AC.UK)
Tue, 20 Aug 1991 09:40:00 BST
The food supply is plentiful and all the units are running a hospitality
campaign which results in guests from other countries turning up for meals. Unit
7 seems to have inherited 8 Girl Guides from Belgium every morning for
Scout from unit 22 bending over a washing up bowl of liquid mud, "I am 17 and
this is the first time in my life I have had to wash my socks!"
Despite the rain, last night (Sat), two hot air balloons were inflated and went
up into the sky. The interesting thing is that it was after dark. Night flying
of balloons is not allowed in the UK so we were treated to the amazing site of
them lit up by their own burners.
Lots of Scouts are asking when the Chief Scout arrives - one was overheard to
comment that it would be the highlight of his jamboree if he could get to meet
the chief. It is being arranged!
The King of Sweden came yesterday...well we think he came, communications about
such things are so bad that all sorts of events take place with no one being any
the wiser. If he and we certainly had an outbreak of helicopters, he never came
near the Brits.
We did have a visit from a real live British Beaver Scout from the 1st Seoul
Colony. He turned up in uniform with his Mum who runs the Colony.
Apparently there are twelve of them and a Cub Scout pack as well.
The Chief Scout arrived about 1600 and within two hours was taking part in a
Morris Dance outside the Pavilion. He should stick to doing the Highland Fling!
Later today, he is to make a Queen's Scout presentation to a young lady venture
scout from Kent.
Yesterday was a bad day for accidents but with 1,400 people taking part in the
activities being offered, it is not surprising. Most are sprains, breaks and
knocks are the kids are OK. Language can be a problem when working with the
doctors but we have two Catholic Priests who act as interpreters.
The social life continues and late night scenes of badge swopping and trading
are amazing. We are insisting that everyone of our contingent retains at least
one complete set of UK uniform. We might win but I would not bet money on it.
The weather remains hot and hazy. We have had a few cases of sunburn. If it was
not for the irregular pattern of drainage ditches crossing the tent areas, there
would be no sign of the floods that dominated our lives three days ago. Memories
For two days now we have been mounting a serious assault on BBC local radio
station, ringing them up with boys from their area waiting to speak to them.
Almost without exception, once they have recovered from the shock that we were
phoning from Korea, they have either put the boys 'on-air' straight away or
recorded interviews for later use.
We still have 8 GGs looking for their pants but with this warm weather perhaps
it does not matter?
Last night a 14 year old scout from lincoln gave a live radio interview. With
many pauses and 'ums' and 'ers' he gave a faultering description of how Gareth
Morrison, Chief Scout of England, had arrivd and what a thrill it had been to
Then the interviewer asked the inevitable question, 'What do you think of it so
Suddenly, the voice changed to a confident, articulate and enthusiastic tone. At
great length he went into the entire atmosphere friendship, international
understanding, awareness of others, fun and learning. In an instant our timid
youngster had become a man of the world with everything at his fingertips.He had
faced the frustrations of International air travel, he had overcome language
difficulties, he had lived in an entirely different culture. He had had not lost
his passport or his travellers cheques. He knew how to handle a rouge taxi
driver. He had even bartered with a market trader to get the price of a pair of
trainers down from 30 to 20 pounds. Five star hotels now hold no terror for him
neither does living for three days in a constant battle against the elements,
having arrived at 3am after nearly 20 hours of constant travel. In just over two
weeks our youngster from rural England had become his own man.
This morning the Unit leaders are being briefed on the plans for leaving the
site on the 16/17th. The logistics are terrifying. There will be hundreds of
coaches trying to get in and out of the site. We have to get some people to the
airport in Seoul for the flights to Japan and they will be leaving after the
closing ceremony on the 16th with no chance to sleep.
Yesterday I was presented with a Korean face mask which will, I am assured, give
me a life of 120 year. If that means I have to go to even one more World
Jamboree, I quit - now.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City