Emma’s Australian Jamboree experience

By Two Wells Scout member, Emma Sharpe

From January 3 to 14, five friends and I attended the 25th Australian Jamboree held at The Bend Motorsport Park.

Within our troop, six Scouts were lucky enough to embark on this journey of a lifetime.

There were more than 10,000 Scouts and at least 2000 leaders attending, many of these visiting interstate and overseas, and from the moment we arrived, there were so many things to do.

We had to set up our tents, campsite and of course, explore the site that was to be our home for the next 10 days!

We were all sorted into patrols, small groups of six required to eat and complete activities together.

Two staple events of the camp, the opening (at which the brand new logo for Scouts Australia was unveiled by the Chief Commissioner) and closing ceremonies, both proved to be fun and exciting, setting the tone for the large gathering.

Each night we were treated to a different performance, including Justice Crew, Ricky Lee, and Chunky Custard.

Every day, each patrol experienced different activities both on and off of the camping ground, including an overnight adventure to Woodhouse, a day in Wellington, dragon boating and swimming on the river and the opportunity to meander around Adelaide, answering quizzes about various locations.

Some onsite activities included watching a movie, completing an escape room, learning about radios, photography and soldering, and constructing park picnic tables.

Through each of these activities, I learnt many new skills and also found I could do more than what I thought!  Each member of my patrol sewed a dilly bag and on the same day I tried abseiling!

The last day was Visitor’s Day, with thousands of families and future Scouts flooding in to visit us and experience just a few of the great things at Jamboree.

When I arrived home, I appreciated the comforts of my own bed and a clean shower but I only wanted to go back.

I instantly missed my new friends and the dust!

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