Ukrainian contingent came back from the 23rd World Scout Jamboree
A few days ago Ukrainian delegation came back from a trip to the 23rd World Scout Jamboree. This time this great Scout event took place in Kirara-Hama, Yamaguchi prefecture, Japan, on an artificial island, with an area of 286 hectares. Within two weeks Scouts of the National Organization of the Scouts of Ukraine have lived in this Scout city with 33 thousand Scouts from 152 countries learning about other cultures and looking for new friends. All Jamboree area was divided into 3 Scout villages, with 4 sub camps in each, which were named after famous Japanese mountains. A sub camp was the main structural component of Jamboree. Each had its own schedule so that all Scouts had the opportunity to participate in all the Module Activities by the end of the Jamboree. The day began at 5 am with the distribution of food for breakfast and dinner. At 9 am Module Activities started their work. NOSU Scouts had the opportunity to participate in 3 On-site Module Activities (Global Development Village, Culture and Science) and 4 Off-site Module Activities (Nature, Community, Water and the Hiroshima Peace Program). Each Module Activity occupied either one day or half a day. With these modules Scouts were developing physically, intellectually, emotionally and socially in the spirit of Scouting moving towards their ultimate goal - to make the world a better place. Through the "Global Development Village" module activities, Scouts learnt about what they could do in their daily lives to help tackle various global issues. They deepened their understanding of Human Rights, Global Warming, and Hunger from six perspectives—Peace, Environment, Human Rights, Health, Development, and Disaster Prevention. Learning more about different cultures in the module "Culture" Scouts were encouraged to prepare presentations about their countries and cultures so that they could share their unique experience and traditions with fellow Scouts. This was a great opportunity to learn more about one’s own country and culture through the process of explaining and sharing with others. The module "Community" gave Scouts the opportunity to visit different cities of the Yamaguchi prefecture. During this trip Scouts of NOSU visited one of the schools in the town of Oki, learned how to make chopsticks from bamboo and danced a traditional Japanese dance together with Japanese students. During the "Peace" module Scouts visited Hiroshima to deepen their awareness of the sanctity of life and the importance of empathizing with others. They visited the Memorial in Hiroshima and took part in a workshop manufacturing paper cranes, a symbol of peace. The module "Science" Scouts have enriched their knowledge about the innovative technologies or technological ecosystems that are enriching people’s lives, and moreover, have the potential to help us achieve a balance between the environment and humankind on our planet. One of the most fun activities was "Water" module, when Scouts could swim in the Sea of Japan, play volleyball and sunbath on the beach. Activities were challenging and fun, designed to foster teamwork and expertise in, on and out of the water. In addition, whenever there was no Module Activity on the schedule, Scouts took part in Free Time Activities. Such activities included sports tournaments, an amateur radio workshop, exhibitions at the World Scout Centre, and cultural exchange programs. After the Module Activities the life in this big Scout city was in full swing. Jamboree streets were crowded with people: smiling, waving their hands, exchanging badges and scarves. As in every city on the territory of Jamboree you could find supermarkets, bank, post office, telephone booth and souvenir shops. Evenings – it was time of cultural meetings, friendly conversations around the campfire at specially designated areas, walks with new friends and guitar songs. «Lights out» at 11 pm so that every Scout had enough time to get ready for the next Jamboree day. Jamboree – it’s a unique event, memorable for every Scout. New friends, a constant feeling of an extraordinary holiday, self-development as the person that can make the world a better place - it's Jamboree.
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