Path #009: “Wie is de mol?”
Path 9 is based on the famous Dutch TV programme 'Wie is de mol?' in which participants need to identify the person (the mol) who tries to (secretly) sabotages/manipulates the games and challenges the have to play. The challenges can generate the Rovers and Rangers points to buy inflatable toys to decorate the camp. The 50 participants of the Path have been split up into 5 teams with 2 saboteurs each. Some participants might have the idea on who the saboteur in their team is, but some of them don't have a clue. Talking about tactics for games can be dangerous, as they might be talking to the saboteur!
On Wednesday the went out to do some community work instead. Three groups of children from nearby childcare organisations were invited to learn about the culture of the participants. Together with the participants from 7 countries they tasted cookies from Cyprus, painted flags on their faces and played games that belong to the participants’ countries. The Welsh participants had even brought an inflatable dragon and a station name which was so long, no one could pronounce it.
Despite the hot weather the children really enjoyed their time and communication with hands and feet seemed fluent. As a return gift, the Dutch scouts at the campsite also learned some new games to the international guests.
Path #025: High rope course
In Tilburg, Path #025 battled the heat during a bike ride to a rope course in the forest. In two groups of 25 participants, they received instructions before starting on one of the routes in the forest. The Cyprian participants of the Path told each patrol has to cook an evening meal, so they already had eaten pork with honey-mustard dressing from France, a Portuguese dish and on the last day the Cyprian participants will serve souflaken.
The participants loved the first impression of the Netherlands, like the small brick houses, the clean and tidy roads and, of course, stroopwafels! They even brought stroopwafels for a snack. The French participants had already taken 1678 pictures to share as memories for when they are at home, but for the rope course the camera had to be put in the bag, so that could be fully enjoyed!
Path #003: Andijviestampot
In a community park in Tilburg the Rovers and Rangers are enjoying their typically Dutch dinner in the park, tomato soup and andijviestamppot with peppers and ham. "We've been busy, with archery, paintball, visiting a farm and hugging a cow. We visited a chocolate factory which makes chocolate sprinkles and played farmers golf." She has been to The Hague before, but is impressed by the rural, flat country around Tilburg.
Lauren from the UK explains what she really likes about the Path:"I like things like sleeping in the chapel, because it's something I've never done before and I think I should always be open to new things and new experiences. I like how we do these spontaneous things and how we do them together. The Path is very well organised and that's really nice."
After dinner they went to the centre of Tilburg where they enjoyed several wild rides on the Tilburg Funfair, which is the biggest fair in the Netherlands.