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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The joys of Jamboree

  • Showers at odd times of the day (if you can find time to have one at all)
  • Trying to figure out how to cook 5kg of pasta in one pot (supposedly requiring 50 litres of water)
  • Kids coming back all covered in red dye with smiling faces
  • 2oom walk to the loos
  • Deciding  not to eat the potentially “off” chops
  • Watching the older kids lead the younger kids
  • Watching the younger kids mature in a few days (not all of them, mind you!)
  • Finding L’s and A’s unwashed crockery lying around for the nth day in a row
  • Odd dirty socks (not mine; mine are just dirty!)
  • The kids’ delight when you allow them to have as much chocolate topping as they like on their icecream (we have chocolate topping coming out our ears)
  • Trying to figure out what to do with the large number of excess packets of biscuits
  • The kids’ enthusiasm for simple pleasures such as the fact that you’ve put ice in the cordial
  • The silence of 10:30pm if you’ve managed to get the troop in and bedded down AND they’ve settled
  • The alarm at 5:30am, because the kids have a bus to catch at 7:30, and the duty patrol has to be woken to go and get the breakfast ingredients which then have to be cooked
  • Meeting up with another leader to see if we can do a caching run tonight
  • Catching up with old friends
  • Kids volunteering to do extra stuff to help out
  • The mess in the girls’ tent
  • The smelly mess in the boys’ tents
  • “Where’s your sunhat? Have you put your sunscreen on?”
  • A spontaneous rendition of “Ging gang gooley” (and by the cool kids!)
  • Kids supporting other kids
  • B overcoming his abseiling fear
  • The bucket run (water supply and waste water)
  • The red-bellied black snake (!)
  • Good weather (so far)
  • Keeping track of our 30 kids in amongst 10000 or so!
  • Queues
  • Minimal sleep on the overnight bus trip up (we’re expecting more sleep on the way back, but also expecting that it could be a tad on the nose!)
  • The fact that with all the contingent shirts and other attire from Jamborees past and present I haven’t had to buy a T-shirt for the last 12 years
  • Trying to figure out where on earth you are going to store all the excess milk (I am the quartermaster and chief cook for our troop)
  • Hearing the kids’ stories of what they’ve been up to that day, and knowing that they’re happy to talk to you
  • The fact that there’s never quite long enough before you have to race off to the next thing (… it’s time to feed the starving hordes again)

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