As the sun hung low over the first day on IST camp, Jacquelien (IST coordinator) took the stage (well, tractor trailer, actually) to welcome us to our new home and workplace. With  Mick Jagger’s song song ‘Let’s work’ we kicked off…

Gathering into circles of 10 people, Jacquelien gave us statements and we took a step forward if we agreed with each – everyone found themselves in terribly intimate situations very quickly.  When we heard the question ‘did you feel at use today?’ most IST took a confident step forward, although some misunderstood terribly, but took a step anyway. The awkwardness of of circles decreasing in size quickly became particularly obvious when Jacquelien asked ‘did you get sweaty today?’ and 110 IST members swiftly became 11 puddles.


There were some formalities announced too – usual but important campsite stuff: only smoke in the designated areas; only wear closed shoes on the worksites; don’t drink the tap water until further notice and if there’s a fire, use a fire sweep: you know what they look like and which movement needs to be made (swipe); swimming is allowed if you can swim, swimming is not allowed if you cannot…

The IST were then invited to play with their (beach!) balls, which was the introduction of the camp behaviour rules. Finally, the identity statements were explained in a game of bingo, which was all about discussing the statements and to think about them and what they meant to us… If the sun hadn’t wrinkled our brains already ;-)

We finished of with some questions from IST, so those who left early missed not only the bingo, but also some important information – Roy from the Australian Scout Contingent raised the important question about our hourly rate of pay (in tokens), and whether or not we would be paid overtime.  At this point, with the bar just a few feet away, the meeting quickly dissolved.



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This Roverway edition
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