Yesterday I went down to Cataract Scout Park in Appin for the Scouts Australian Jamboree 2010. My nephew got to go with his troop so I got to go along to Visitors’ Day with my sister and brother-in-law.

It was predicted to get to about 36 down there, so I was prepared with a frozen water bottle and extra water bottles (that leaked all over the car, but that’s another story). I have to say that Scouts know their game – they had buses taking us poor visitors to whoop whoop and back, chilled water taps around the park itself, NRMA roadside assistance on deck, a temporary police station during the entire Jamboree (10+ days) as well as a makeshift medical centre with doctors and nurses.

Needless to say, I enjoyed seeing so many policemen getting about on bikes and golf carts ;)

If I was a kid, I’d love Jamboree.There’s so much to do, and the kids are treated with respect and likewise with the adults. My nephew is having an absolute ball (he’s already lost his voice after the first week) and if I had a kid, I’d be sending them along to Scouts so they can go to Jamboree.

But I’m not a kid. I’m 31-and-a-half. It was hot and humid. And I had to drink water. A lot of water.

I don’t like water.

But I made it back to my beloved, air conditioned car and looked like a watermelon.


(That’s not sunburn!)

I had a 2hr nap when I got home, which I think was borderline heat exhaustion/stroke/whatever. I’m still not 100%, and it’s been a full day since I escaped the heat.

But I really did love seeing Noah and all his little Scout buddies and all the fun they’re getting up to. Just next time, turn down the heat pls!

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10 thoughts on “Australian Jamboree, and how I became a watermelon

  1. omg you poor/silly thing!
    .-= Fiona´s last blog ..Soy Gelato on Lygon =-.

    Posted on 10 January 2010 at 9:07 pm
  2. Glad you enjoyed it! My friend Caroline is responsible (with others — she’s District Commissioner for SA). I’ll tell her how much fun you had, and suggest they choose a different time of year next time. ;)

    Posted on 10 January 2010 at 9:43 pm
    1. ha, jamboree is in qld next year, so i’m safe ;)
      spotty, if you actually do talk to your friend, might be worth mentioning that celiacs were struggling at jamboree, not that they were complaining, just commenting

      Posted on 11 January 2010 at 10:41 am
  3. Oh dear! Don’t you just hate the aftermath of a fun day outdoors?
    .-= Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella´s last blog ..Confessions Of A Foodie =-.

    Posted on 11 January 2010 at 2:26 pm
  4. Your sunburn looks sore. :(

    I hope your dousing your face in Aloe Vera! :P
    .-= Nadine´s last blog ..Snapshots – Week 1 =-.

    Posted on 11 January 2010 at 9:15 pm
    1. amazingly, my face is fine, though i love an excuse to cut up the ‘allo vera! from the backyard :D

      harriet, i can’t believe that there’s so much snow up there now. where was it 2 years go? humpf. weren’t we just getting back from newcastle/edinburgh/york about this time?

      Posted on 11 January 2010 at 10:19 pm
  5. oh ick. not fun.
    meanwhile, on our side of the world, i left a bottle of water in my car overnight and it froze solid!

    Posted on 11 January 2010 at 9:45 pm
  6. @haz that happened to me my first Canberra winter and I wondered what I was getting myself into.

    I also got a flat car battery the first time I was here for a conference and learnt quickly how to catch the buses!
    .-= Fiona´s last blog ..Free sunglasses with Marie Claire =-.

    Posted on 11 January 2010 at 10:21 pm
  7. yeh, it must have been about this time we were road tripping around
    I MISS YOU :( come back and let’s do it again xxx

    Posted on 12 January 2010 at 1:05 am
  8. just found your blog in the jamboree google was up there on saturday as well and I looked like you, it wasn’t sunburn just a red hot angry face was really a trauma and I don’t know how they are all surviving up there for 10 days. You are right about them knowing what they are doing, I was so impressed with the whole infrastructure as well..they really do know what they are doing.

    10/10 to Scouts Australia

    Posted on 12 January 2010 at 9:27 am