Cara Ramsay

Finnjamboree 2016
My trip to Roihu Finnjamboree 2016 was a real adventure! I spent the
first two days of my trip in Helsinki before heading to camp. While we
were in Helsinki we visited Suomenlinna a old sea fortress on a island
which had beautiful views and old buildings. We also visited the theme
park which was great fun, the market which sold lots of yummy looking
fresh fruit, the rock church and we took a sightseeing tour bus around the
city! Our leaders also treated us to a yummy meal at The Hard Rock Cafe
before we headed to camp.
Camp was located 2 and a half hours away from Helsinki out in the
countryside with masses of forests and lakes surrounding it. When we
arrived at camp we were confronted with lots of boy and girls scouts from
lots of different nationalities all setting up their campsites, building
massive gateways into their camp units, tying up hammocks in the trees
and some even building tree houses and bridges! At camp we slept in two
big round tents with 10 of us in each. We shared our camp unit with a
group of Finnish scout who were really friendly and were happy to help
you with anything.
During camp we had 5 different ceremonies: Opening, Evening Prayer,
Sup-Camp Night, Mid Camp and Closing Ceremony. I really enjoyed these
ceremonies. Each ceremony would have amazing singers and dancers
which got all 18,000 young people up singing and dancing together. The
atmosphere at them which was what i loved most from the minute we
began to march to the main stage scouts from lots of different nationalities,
all dressed up smart in their uniforms, sang and chanted and waving their
countries flag.
During the day at camp my age group took part in lots of different
themed programmes. My favourite was the craft one where I made a pretty
copper necklace and printed a t-shirt with the Roihu logo. I also enjoyed
the water activities one which we went swimming and rowing in and
business one where we had to make up our own business and make
products which our business could sell.
While I was away it was International Day so to celebrate this every
country got a chance to do something. We teamed up with a group of
Scottish scouts and put on our kilts and held a ceilidh where we learnt
scouts Scottish ceilidh dances. I enjoyed that and made friends with scouts
from different countries. While I was there I got some really nice badges to
add to my camp blanket and some scout neckies too. I tired lots of
interesting new foods, some I don’t think i could even tell you what it was!
I would like to thank you very much for the help towards funding this

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