This is how a day for an ordinary group at Jamboree 2012 could be. Let’s call them the Blackville Troop…
The Security Service team pass the group’s campsite on their last nightly round. Inside the tents it is still quiet, but a couple of leaders are awake and are starting the Trangia stove to boil water for the morning coffee. They say good morning to those of their neighbours in the housing estate who are also awake.
A leader goes to the food supply tent at the central neighbourhood square to get the supplies for breakfast. The handcart is brought along to make it easier to transport cornflakes, milk, white bread, jam and all the other food that will be put on the table in just a minute.
They also find rye bread, cold cuts and parchment paper so that some of the guides and scouts can make a packed lunch. Today’s bundle of newspapers to all the guides and scouts are also brought along.
On the way back to the campsite, the leader goes to the information desk to ask when the bus goes to central Holstebro - in case one of those who has the afternoon off would like to go there.
Meanwhile the sleeping guides and scouts are woken up. The first ones rise, find towels and toothbrushes and go to the group’s washing stand to throw some water in their faces to they can wake up.
Everybody is awake and sitting down at the table made from wooden poles. They eat breakfast early today since many of the guides and scouts are going to the town of Struer where they will go sailing. There is a 10-15 minute walk to the bus stop, and the bus leaves early so the guides and scouts can be ready at Struer harbour when the morning activities begin.
The bus for Struer leaves now. The distance to Struer is 14 kilometres, but luckily someone has brought playing cards to play with on the bus trip.
The oldest of the guides and scouts of the troop have different activities today and have started walking to the activity that they have chosen for this morning. It is at the other end of the jamboree grounds and it takes almost half an hour to walk there even though they walk quickly.
At home in the campsite, the youngest guides and scouts are getting ready for a morning during which they will explore the Jamboree. They will try some of the open activities and feel lucky that they do not have to attend the activities at any specific time.
Both in Struer and at the Jamboree site the activities are about to begin now. Many guides and scouts have gathered, and thankfully someone shows the guides and scouts from the Blackville Troop to their starting point so that they are ready for the activity.
The youngest guides and scouts are back on the campsite in the housing estate again, and a couple of them join their two leaders to pick up food for their lunch. The guides and scouts would like to make an omelette so along with the bread, cold cuts, juice, carrots and apples they also put a box of eggs and a bottle of milk into the handcart.
Lunch is ready and the oldest guides and scouts return from their activity, and they can all eat together. The guides and scouts that went to Struer brought a packed lunch. Even though their activity ended at the same time as the activities at the Jamboree grounds, they still have to wait for the bus for the return trip, and they might as well eat while they are waiting. They have the afternoon off so all they have to do when they return to the campsite is to relax and enjoy themselves.
Some of the oldest guides and scouts leave to take the city bus to Holstebro. They want to see a little bit of the city and maybe try some of the activities there. Luckily the busses depart so often that it is easy to come back and forth. However, the busses are very crowded like during rush hours in many other cities.
4.00 pm Almost everybody is gathered at the campsite and is talking about what to have for dinner. Today’s meat is minced beef. Some wants potatoes with minced steaks others prefer spaghetti with meat sauce or stuffed pancakes. Today’s catering team gets to decide and they choose the easiest: spaghetti with meat sauce. They leave for the central neighbourhood square to get the spaghetti, meat, tomato purée and some vegetables for the meat sauce and for a salad. It is nice that it only takes five minutes to go the supply tent on the central neighbourhood square because this trip is made several times a day.
A couple of the guides and scouts are chopping onions when one of the scouts suddenly cuts his finger. Then they go to the central neighbourhood square once again, where an emergency centre with nurses is situated in one of the tents.
Luckily the cut is not very deep and can be fixed with a dressing – and an order to let someone else cook dinner this evening.
One of the small scouts suddenly realizes that he has lost his knife somewhere this afternoon. A leader goes with him to the central neighbourhood square to ask at Lost and Found whether the knife has been found. The computer reveals that a knife that might belong to the scout from the Blackville Troop has been handed in at the Lost and Found in the adjoining neighbourhood. They might just have time to pick it up before dinner. The scout is lucky: it is the right knife that has been found.
Dinner is ready and everybody has to hurry to the table because the young guides and scouts are soon to leave for the youth party at the Arena. That means a hike to nearly the other end of the Jamboree site, and therefore it is necessary to leave from their campsite at least half an hour before the party starts. It is nice that they do not have to go as early as they did for the opening ceremony when they had to follow certain routes and be seated in ample time before the start of the ceremony.
8.00 pm The youngest and oldest guides and scouts have an evening at home in the housing estate. All groups of the housing estate have decided to make a campfire for the youngest participants, and when they have been tucked away in their sleeping bags, the oldest guides and scouts and the leaders will socialize and have fun at the campfire. Of course they cannot be noisy as that will prevent the little ones from sleeping, but it is probably fine to sing some guide and scout songs and bake some twist bread over the campfire.
Some of the oldest guides and scouts go to the Cultural Café on the central neighbourhood square to see what this evening’s programme offers and to buy a piece of today’s cake in the café. A couple of the leaders agree to go together to the "adults only" area on the main square and relax from the camping life for an hour or so.
The young guides and scouts return from the youth party, very tired and somewhat more hoarse than when they left. The campsite has to be quiet now so they are sent off to their sleeping bags. The leaders of Blackville Troop just have time to say good evening to the watchmen passing by on their first round this night before most of them also go to sleep. However, one of the leaders has left the campsite to go to work as a jobber. He has agreed to be a jobber with the Security Services for a few nights during the Jamboree and will not have any sleep until he returns home later in the night.
Photos: Ann-Sofie Krakau, Christian Schmitz Mouritsen, Katja Lund-Rasmussen)