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Bathampton Leaders visit International Jamboree in Finland

30 August 2016 written by : Ethan - Assistant Scout Leader and Webmaster

Finn1Two Leaders from the 28th Bathampton Scouts have just returned from an International Guide and Scout Jamboree.

Simon and Ethan joined 17,000 young people including 3000 from all over the world, at a pop up tent village in Evo near Hameenlinna, in Southern Finland. After an evening in Helsinki looking around the Cathedral and harbour the two Scouts joined other international participants for the two hour trip to the campsite.

Based in a huge pine forest with two large lakes, the leaders were part of a sub-camp of 90 including 18 Irish Scouts. The leaders were part of the staff team and worked as sauna assistants during their stay.  The saunas were based on a raft, in a tent on a lake complete with wood burner and the Scouts role was to ensure an adequate temperature was maintained in the sauna and help supervise the young people and their leaders, who also enjoyed a slide, sun deck and trampolines on the lake. Their shift ended with a daily visit to the onsite spa for more saunas, swimming and a hot tub overlooking the lake.

This was one of the many activities the Scouts could do at the week long event including mastering Chinese calligraphy, climbing boulders, crafts, exploring nature, learning to drive, flying model aircraft, studying archaeology and moonlight paddling. Simon and Ethan also spent time walking in the forests and around the lake visiting the Forrest School in the village of Evo.

Participants were introduced to various aspects of Finnish life from the musical instrument Kantele to fine art, laughter yoga, story time massage, an international day and arts evening that offered more than 50 different creative workshops.

Finn4After the camp the Leaders spent time in Tallin, the capital of Estonia for more walking and site seeing. Simon and Ethan immersed themselves in local culture by visiting the walled old city, visits to the Maritime Museum, site of the 1980 Olympics, the Resistance Museum, the KGB Museum and climbing St Olavs Church to admire the views across the city. Other highlights included a train trip to Kella to visit the County Museum, walk around a rustic market and listening to live music.

While in Estonia the Leaders bumped into other Scouts and Guides from the UK and Austria all easily recognized because of their common Scout neckers. Experiences of each others trips were shared along with the customary selfie!
If you would like to be an adult in Scouting and take part in international adventures please get in touch for more information on how to join.