Last day in Kingston-on-Thames for the 40th Marpole

26 07 2007

This may be the last dispatch we get from our Scouts abroad.  Tomorrow they head to the World Jamboree.  We don’t know what connectivity our leader in the field (or mud puddle) will have when he’s there.

After an excitement filled day in London yesterday, today was set aside for Leader meetings and packing.  The Scouts were allowed to sleep in but everyone was awake by the time my meeting finished at 1030.  For you parents who are worried about lost passports at WJ, no need to do that anymore as they will be kept in a safe at Canada House – our WJ Headquarters.

The weather seems to alternate between days here the UK and today’s turn belonged to fierce winds with occasional pelting rain.  Though the winds are a constant, the rain seems to not last for long periods of time here.

We held our daily patrol meetings as usual in the kitchen during breakfast and everyone quickly dispersed to first wash all their clothing and then package them for WJ.  One item of special concern is the red cotton t-shirts of which everyone had two.  If it had not been previously washed, it will leak red dye on contact with water.  Whether it is the rain or the sweat from the sun, we had to make sure that we rinsed the shirts so that they did not pose a threat to turn us red.

Before heading out for lunch, we threw a load of dark colours and washed our uniforms and pants.  We needed them for the formal dinner at the University tonight.  We decided to have fish and chips for lunch and the hotel reception pointed out to a little shop just down the block called the Deep Blue.  It is funny that the cod and chips were sold separately.  Each order came out to about six pounds sterling but the quality of the cod was much better than that found in Vancouver for similar pricing.  Interestingly, the tartar sauce is also a side dish and will cost you 0.25 pounds sterling for each package the next time you go.

Despite having been told that the meals are smaller here than back in Vancouver, we have not noticed that at all.  Everywhere we have been eating, we have been satisfyingly full.

After lunch, we headed across the bridge into the town of Kingston to purchase some snacks that would certainly cost more at WJ.  Armed with two bags of chips and two bottles of pop, I headed back to the residence along with the patrol. There was a short demonstration on how to set up the tents which were purchased from MEC. Then it was an afternoon of drying clothes and relaxation until the formal dinner.  We got dressed for the departure time at 1700 and headed off to the university restaurant.  It was about a ten minute walk across the campus. It was a traditional english dinner with salad and roast turkey as the appetizer.  There was so much meat that I actually thought that was the main course.  However, the main course was beef stew with potatoes and vegetables.  Dessert was bread pudding which was interesting.  We then listened to presentations by candidates on why he or she would be the best candidate to represent Canada on Brown Sea Island.  The adults were not allowed to vote but some candidates were very articulate and could have easily gotten my support.  Now, that I’m finally packed, I’m looking forward to moving onto WJ.  I hope to be able to provide another update when I am on site!There was a short demonstration on how to set up the tents which were purchased from MEC.

Then it was an afternoon of drying clothes and relaxation until the formal dinner.  We got dressed for the departure time at 1700 and headed off to the university restaurant.  It was about a ten minute walk across the campus.

It was a traditional English dinner with salad and roast turkey as the appetizer.  There was so much meat that I actually thought that was the main course.  However, the main course was beef stew with potatoes and vegetables.  Dessert was bread pudding which was interesting.

We then listened to presentations by candidates on why he or she would be the best candidate to represent Canada on Brown Sea Island.  The adults were not allowed to vote but some candidates were very articulate and could have easily gotten my support.

Now, that I’m finally packed, I’m looking forward to moving onto WJ.  I hope to be able to provide another update when I am on site!

EAu

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