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Back in Blighty

25/10/2010

Well just about. We came close to leaving at least one scout on the ship having slept through two announcements on the tannoy, a false fire alarm and some hammering on the door. Truly awe inspiring sleeping skills there!

We now have a final train journey home back to proper beds and home food. The “hyper” quotient has finally slipped to more average levels however all weekend the scouts and explorers were a credit to themselves, the troop and their country. In particular well done to JK as scout of the camp and FM as runner up.

And thank you to our readers! This will probably be the last post however watch out as additional photos will get added to previous posts over the next few days and weeks.

See you all next time.

Alice, Matt, Jacob, Charlie, Franky, Will, Jack, Rosa, Lily, Guy, Graham, Alexis, Nick and Theresa.

The final leg

The final leg

 

Zzzzz.....

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The Last Party

24/10/2010

Well the 12th Cambridge Road Show has made its way to Stena Line and the great ferry going public are experiencing them all at full speed and full volume! 20 mins after our advertised departure time we are still firmly along side so it looks like the last party may be carrying on for a little longer than intended. So farewell to the Netherlands and hello the North Sea and a “fresh north westerly breeze”. Hmmmm….

Still hyper 3 days in!

Still hyper 3 days in!

You what?

24/10/2010

Sometimes the best bit of scouting is the complete sense of bewilderment that the public can be left with when they encounter us. Left with little choice but to occupy the silent carriage the scouts have amused themselves by creating outfits for cuddly aliens out of left over napkins.

No, the leaders don’t understand either!

what can you say to that?

what can you say to that?

Trains, Planes and Automobiles

24/10/2010

Well, buses, trams, trains and ferries anyway! Yes, the journey home has begun, hopefully avoiding the arctic hail storm that disrupted the treasure hunt 🙂 So it’s goodbye to Amsterdam and hello to 17 hours on the road. See you on the ferry!

Just what the great Amsterdam public wanted, 14 scouts plus luggage on their bus :)

Just what the great Amsterdam public wanted, 14 scouts plus luggage on their bus 🙂

A pause for breath

24/10/2010

So the scouts are off the leash on a treasure hunt in the Jordaan area of the city. The leaders are pausing for a drink.

A Pause for Thought

24/10/2010

As a leader with a troop of 32 lively, enthusiastic scouts it is rare to go more than a few hours without needing to get the kids quiet again. However faced with the graves of 323 young men, some as young as 18, the silence was over whelming. The most noise was when one scout found another scout grave, that of a leader from 84th Glasgow Scout Group (who we will be looking up when we get home).

A short ceremony saw wreaths laid at the grave of Leslie Jaggard and the grave of an unidentified airman where the wreath was dedictacted to those on our memorial with no known resting place.  

We know little about Leslie but the chances are that he went to the same schools and lived, played and worked in the same places as all the scouts present. A tragedy that he is no longer with us to see in the group centenary next year.

For a short while the sun shone on a special moment for the group, a moment that will live long in the memory.

In Grateful Memory

24/10/2010

They shall grow not old as we that are left shall grow old
Age shall not weary them
Nor the years condem
In the morning and at the going down of the sun
We will remember them

Flight Sergeant Leslie Jaggard. 407 Squadron Royal Canadian Air Force. 12th Cambridge Scout Group

Flight Sergeant Leslie Jaggard. 407 Squadron Royal Canadian Air Force. 12th Cambridge Scout Group