Dramatis persona*

helenhead Helen Chick

I've always wanted a bumper sticker that said "I'm a female, LDS/Mormon, Scout leading, geocaching, piano-playing, bicycling, mathematics educator with a PhD in maths ... and I VOTE"!

I think this makes me a minority group of cardinality 1!

* Since there's only one of me and "personae" is plural (I think), I've gone with dramatis persona.
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Easter Corroboree

Every three years there is a statewide Easter Scout camp, attended by around 250 kids and sundry leaders and parents. It’s meant to be like a mini-Jamboree, with lots of activities.

Our district (about five different troops) decided to work together in one big sub-camp, which made life a lot easier for me as I didn’t have to worry about catering very much at all (which, given the past month, was a wonderful thing). I was feeling fit enough to be a bit more active helping with the set up, though, and since one of the other leaders in the district is in charge of the Jamboree gear we could set up a huge dining and kitchen area.

The first afternoon of activities involved varying levels of wetness for our kids, with water slides and water skirmish, and fortunately it was a warm and sunny day.

The red sunrise the next morning presaged some rather more ordinary weather, but the worst of it actually held off for most of the day.

This meant that our kids could do a few activities in the morning, including orienteering (the base I ran for most of the weekend) and cooking, before I joined them for some games of laser skirmish (releasing my inner commando … while trying to suppress my natural enthusiasm for such “wide games” so as not overdo it too much since I am still recovering from surgery!).

In the afternoon there were more activities, including abseiling, but just as dinner was getting ready the weather deteriorated with some interesting mist effects and steady drizzle that continued into the night.

I had feared that the damp weather would mean that we’d have wet tents to pack up, but the final morning — while our kids were doing boating activities — was windy and dry enough that we had the luxury — when the kids returned — of being able to pack up completely without having to worry about drying things out back at the hall. Yay!

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