Two Wells teenager, Jaike Green, had the trip of his young life when he visited Fiji in August as part of a 50-strong South Australian Scouts contingent to take part in the Fijian Centennial Jamboree.
In what was the 14-year-olds first overseas trip, Jaike was the only representative from the local Two Wells Scout Group to be invited to attend, and was one of 64 Australian Scouters amongst the 2000 people taking part.
The nine-day trip was held in celebration of Fiji’s 100 years of Scouting, with participants involved in a variety of traditional scouting activities as well as making connections with the local people of the island nation.
The Year 9 Gawler & Districts College student said the trip was the biggest and best thing he’d done in his life so far, and would be something to remember for a long time to come.
“I think the best online casino part of the trip would have to be meeting the local people,” Jaike said.
“You get told that they are very nice but they’re 10 times nicer than you think.”
Hiking, obstacle courses, team building and water activities as well as community service dimensions were part of the Jamboree.
“Experiencing the different culture was also good fun,” he said.
“When we eat at an Australian Scout camp we would sit at a table. “Over there they would sit on a tarp on the floor.
“Many of the children also wore no shoes or just had thongs.
“They even played sports like this, and they were good.”
Sleeping in a small tent as part of a massive tent city was a great experience Jaike said, with the whole trip being a fantastic learning opportunity and something he’d love to do again.
Jaike is now eligible to apply for the International Scout Award, which is presented to any Scout who has camped overseas with other scouting groups.