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!