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first_imgDara with son Conor in Japan.Donegal scout leader Dara Coll recently traveled to the World Scout Jamboree in Japan recently. Here, in a special blog for Donegal Daily, she recalls their “trip of a lifetime.”“In October 2014, my son Conor and I began, what can only be described, as a trip of a lifetime. We travelled to Portlick Scout Campsite in Athlone, Co. Westmeath, to “Base Camp” to join up with the 303 Scouts and Adults strong Scouting Ireland Contingent that would be travelling to the 23rd World Scout Jamboree with the theme “A Spirit of Unity – WA” in Japan. Conor would be attending the Jamboree as a Scout Participant, and I would be attending as part of the International Service Team.“The World Scout Jamboree is hosted every four years in various locations around the world. In 2011 it was held in Sweden, this year it was held in Japan, and in 2019 it will be held in America (hosted by America, Canada & Mexico). It is hoped that Scouts, aged between 14yrs-18yrs can attend at least once as a participant. After the age of 18 yrs registered members of various scouting organisations around the world can attend the World Jamboree as International Service Team, who are the staff of the Jamboree – they help organise and work on Transport, Safety, Ceremonies, Guest Services, On-site Programme, Off-Site Programme, Listening Ear, and Messengers of Peace to name a few areas. “Base Camp was very exciting. It explained the make up of the contingent. What our three week adventure would consist of. The sizing of our new hot climate uniform. The Troop Leaders and the Contingent Management Team made the final decisions on budgets, tentage and equipment for both the troops and IST. Ideas were discussed for The Irish Culture Programme, which were also tried and tested by our Scouts.A big welcome for the Donegal crew!“As we arrived in Larch Hill in Dublin in April for High Camp, everyone was in such great form. Friendships made at Base Camp were developed. Everyone received their uniforms and how well we all looked! The idea of an Irish Flashmob, was discussed and agreed instantly – so the practice began. We had an introduction to Japanese culture and food which was interesting and nerve wracking. The Troops were very busy preparing their Patrol Boxes, creating an itemised list of them and any other equipment to go into the containers which left at the end of the week, as they took 3 months to get to Japan.“June brought Summit Camp, again in Larch Hill, and our final gathering before we departed our Emerald Isle. The few last changes to finalise some uniforms. A Scouts Own was held, when we received kind words of good luck from the Japanese Ambassadors Representative, which was followed by a group photo. The troops and the IST finalised their Yasumi (After camp experience)Conor showing a Japanese Patrol how to play GAA“The next time we would meet, would be in the airport. “And how quickly the time passed from Base Camp till that moment when all the IST met in Dublin Airport. In order to help with the setup of camp and programme areas, ahead of the Scouts arrival, all IST flew to Japan a few days early. The excitement was tangible. We flew from Dublin to Dubai, and Dubai to Osaka, then travelled by bus to the campsite in Kirara-Hama near the city of Yamaguchi.“Our stay on site at Jamboree was unreal. It was a city of tents, as far as the eye could see, all different colours, shapes, sizes that would be home to some 30,000 scouts & 5,000 IST Staff from 150 different countries and territories for 2 weeks. It was a humbling experience to be there with so many people, from so many different cultures and traditions all sharing a belief in Scouting, and drinking lots of water.“Conor had an action packed Jamboree, he took park in water activities, caving, hiking, science, Global Development Village, faith and belief zone, culture, community, a visit to Hiroshima, as well as looking after cooking their own food, wash-up, laundry and surviving the heat. We had average temperatures 41-45 degrees, however with 98% humidity there was a feel factor of 51.1 degrees. It was incredible. So like I said we had to drink a very large amount of water each day.A big welcome home for Conor and Dara at Dublin Airport.“My experience of Jamboree was very different. For once on camp I had no Beaver Scouts, Cub Scouts, Scouts or Ventures to supervise. No meals to cook, nothing. We received our food in the IST Restaurant, which to be fair wasn’t exactly wonderful!!! We did have an easy first few days, as we had little work to do to setup our Cultural Area, so we snuck in a little extra sight-seeing. When programme began, we had almost 20 different scouts every hour from 9am-12pm and then 2pm-5pm for 6 days visit our area. We gave the scouts a taste of Ireland, by demonstrating and letting them try Irish Sports – Gaelic Football and Hurly, some Irish music and they learnt about old Irish Ogham Writing, which they made on little pieces of wood and took home as a memento. In the evening our time was out own, so it was chill out, attend IST evening activities, or walk about swopping neckerchiefs, badges, t-shirts, bags as is the culture on any camp, did I mentioned that drinking water was too.“Following Jamboree, the troops moved on to Miyajima Island. Some described it was a little piece of paradise on earth. I went to Kyoto (The Old Cultural Capital) with a number of fellow IST. From our respective bases, Conor did day trips to Universal Studios, cycling around Kyoto city, shopping in Osaka. I too travelled to and around Osaka, around Kyoto and Hiroshima. It was a stunning, welcoming and a humbling country to visit. “After a three week stay, having made some wonderful friendships, many memories, experienced things we never imagined, we were ready to come home. We slept most of the 17 hour flying time, but the excitement soon began to build as we waited for our bags in Baggage Reclaim, knowing our families were the other side of the glass doors.“It was an awesome feeling to walk through to see our families there, with banners, and homemade posters and hugs that almost squeezed the air from your lungs. Home at last.“A quiet week was spent behind doors with family and close friends sharing our stories and experiences, showing photos and of course no trip would be complete with some gifts and duty free.“So what now…. Well for 12th Donegal (Manorcunningham) Scout Group, another scouting year begins, but also another journey. In 2019 the 24th World Scout Jamboree will take place in West Virginia, America with the theme “Unlock a New World”. Since returning and sharing stories of Japan, there are 10 scouts and leaders who are keen to travel to America. In the coming weeks a 4 year fundraising plan will be put together in the hope of assisting as many scouts and leaders as possible to go, but for now, for the 303 Scouting Ireland Contingent Members, the friendships and memories will stay with us for many, many years to come, and our sincere thanks go out to our Head of Contingent Stephen Carey and the Contingent Management Team, IST Team Lead Gerry Finnegan, the Troop Leaders in Donairt Tony Smith, Derville Pitcher, Claire McAroe and Niall Gannon and finally our fellow Errigal Scout County travellers – Des Johnston, Stephen McCollum and Catherine Leeson. Hickamalaya……….” DONEGAL SCOUT LEADER RECALLS THE TRIP OF A LIFTIME was last modified: September 2nd, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Dara ColldonegalJapanSCOUT LEADERWorld Scout Jamboreelast_img read more