Path #002 “We are like family now!”
The Rangers and Rovers of Path #002 were returning from a canoeing activity when they welcomed us to the campsite they have spent the week in. Just by looking in the eyes of these tired but radiant faces you could sense that they had amazing stories to share. Participants from the German, Romanian, Slovenian, Portuguese and Spanish contingents formed path #002, organised by the WAGGGS. When asked what they enjoyed the most so far, the answer was one: meeting new people and sharing experiences.
The participants enthusiastically explained that they have been sharing Scout games from their own countries, many of which they have really enjoyed, and will definitely take home with them to share and play with their own groups. The participants have even organised sharing the games on the Path’s facebook group so that they have it all on record. Further discussion revealed that the participants have also really enjoyed discovering national dishes cooked by their fellow Scouts. Everyone appreciated the ‘broken eggs’ prepared by the Spanish group: fried potatoes with eggs and chorizo - a dish which pleased every nationality.
It was clear that the week spent on Path #002 had had a positive impact on the participants: Alejandro, from Spain, explained that it has helped him to improve his English. It was also really obvious that the leaders had put real effort into creating a team-spirit for the group, including setting some ground rules: participants from the same country cannot sit next to each other during meals, and if two participants are speaking in their native language they must switch to English if someone tells them the code “bora bora”. These rules may have seemed harsh at the beginning, but have now proved their worth because, after just a few days, “We are like a family now” says Bianca from the Romanian Contingent.
Over the last week these Rangers and Rovers also had the opportunity to explore many other activities such as, tandem biking, canoeing and sky-walking, all of which brought them even closer together. Before leaving the campsite the whole group gathered in one big circle and started dancing and singing the songs and games they had learnt. Seeing them like this makes it hard to believe that they had only met each other a few days earlier - the friendship between them was obvious in the positive vibes and happy energy that they spread.