IST Training and Opening

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.

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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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IST News - 26/07/2018

Meet your subcamp staffist subcamp

We have two leaders looking after the IST Subcamp: Kevin and Cas. If you need assistance, speak to them - they are also part of the team of leaders looking after the IST Hangout, and are both normally available at the IST Hangout bar.  If you are struggling to find them, look for staff with straw hats and bright orange “HANGOUT” attachments on their Scout scarves.

IST Job office

The IST Job office opened early to provide people IST with general information, answer questions (about the app for planning) and appoint people to jobs. The welcoming faces of Jacquelien and Kim are remarkably fresh for the early hour. The combined knowledge on the programme and that what goes happens behind the scenes make them the perfect couple to get all IST at the right position. Committed to their job they are quick with a phone call and directions towards locations.

It was busy which was great and we’re happy to see so many IST are willing to work on things like building the Finnish sauna, putting up tents and all sorts of cleaning activities. Halfway through the morning several people already had returned, happy to do more chores around the site.

Heat plan

Due to the heat we ask you not to work between 12:00 and 14h30. You can take a jump into the lake or take a nap in the shadow, but please don’t work!

Unsung heroes: flagpoles

On the main road through the campsite a small group of IST are busy drilling holes for flagpoles. Ben, Phil and Daniel work a heavy drill up and down in the earth. Yesterday Ben was building tents, today they are digging holes. Phil was expecting the hard work, but did not realise how exhausting it would be, and Daniel was not expecting this - they’ve been given the job of a first aider “which doesn’t normally involve digging holes” - but, not needed at the medical tent today, they have come to help out.  All of them are sweating, but smiling - and this is what the Roverway 2018 Spirit is all about - they know they are making a difference!

Queing for food

Some say that queuing is an English attitude, but on the beach at The Hague and at the campsite in Zeewolde all of the IST are great queuers. Queuing for registration, for lunch or breakfast, and for the toilets and showers. Make the most of these queues - get to know your fellow IST, and meet new friends - queuing does not have to be wasted time!

To avoid more queueing for the rest of the event, we ask you to make use of the full period that the restaurant is open. Try not to come all at the same time, but spread your visit over all the hours.

Scavenger hunt at Path #055

Today we visited Path #055 in Valkenswaard, just south of Eindhoven in a beautifully situated log cabin. When we arrived, the participants had just returned from a scavenger hunt. They left with markers and had to trade them up to other products. The Rovers and Rangers came back with some very creative items such as bikes, socks, scarfs and umbrellas.

DJ Eric & Andrew at Path #002

It didn’t take long for the 102 participants, who are guests of the wooded area near Deventer, to find their way to the dance floor. The Spanish and Portuguese clearly aren’t afraid of a little dance and quickly took over the floor as soon as the first Latin tunes. The variety of songs enabled everybody to show their talents and tricks and eventually everyone had got to their feet and the chairs were empty.

Most Rovers and Rangers dressed up for the occasion and you could spot some jackets, fancy shirts and creative fashion statements. While the DJs played familiar and less well-known songs the Path leaders skillfully worked the bar and distributed bitterballen. There was enough energy to keep everyone going for a long time.

Please turn up for your job !

A lot of people are working really hard to make this event to a success! The workforce for Roverway 2018 relies on 50% IST support. Therefore, we need you to show up at your job! If you don’t show up, other people who have already worked for 8h or more, have to stay on the job. If you are not sure when you have to be where, please go to the IST Job Office to get more info and look at the app!

International evening

Join the  International evening for IST / HoC / CMT on Friday 27 July in the VIP tent / Guest Services tent.  It will be a market type showcase where all Contingents get the chance to show themselves. Have you prepared something as a Contingent ?  It will be a great evening of cultural discovery, food tasting, amazing dance and more from our 53 countries!

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IST News - 25/07/2018

IST Hangout

Most of you have already been to the IST Hangout, which is just in front of the Job office. It’s exclusively for IST, CMT, HoC and Planning Team members. You are more than welcome after you have finished your job or when you have time to relax for a bit during breaks. The usual opening hours are from 9:00 (in the morning) till 2:00 (at night). After a job well done you can get yourself a surprise (present your Thank you card) and there are several activities at night. On 25 July there will be a swim. You can find the time somewhere during the afternoon at the IST Hangout.

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Task review

After having completed your task, you can go into the app and give a review. Did you learn a new skill? Enjoy working with someone? Were the instructions sufficient? Make sure you give some feedback, it will help improve the experience for everyone!

Don’t forget to start 1h earlier!

As it will be very hot today, remember that your IST task will start an hour earlier in the morning. This will give you an extended lunch so you can have a nice “siesta” before joining your afternoon task. Afternoon and evening tasks are at the time stated in your app.

Swiss foodhouse

This evening at 20:00 is the official opening of the Swiss Café! Serving a range of fabulous foods (think raclette, röstis, hot dogs) and drinks including hot and cold chocolate, it is sure to be a hit with our hardworking IST. They will even do takeaway, which - like the Swiss flag - is a big plus! During construction the café will be open 10:00 – 03:00, and after participants arrive from 09:00 – 03:00.

Payment system

As you might already know regular money can’t be used to pay for your drinks and snacks. You can only use your name card (the one with your name and the QR code) on which you can put tokens at the self-service machines or at the manned cashpoints. At the self-service machines, which don’t accept cash, you can pay your tokens using accepted cards. The manned stations are opened between 19:00 and 20:00 and will accept euros.

Swimming

We can imagine that you would like to swim to cool down. You can only swim at the jetty in the lake and nowhere else. Please be aware that you are only allowed to swim during daylight and that there are no safeguards. Only swim when you are able to swim!

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Opening ceremony

Roverway 2018 officially started after dinner with the Opening ceremony. The Rover Band made their first appearance and played, among others, the Roverway 2018 song “Leave your mark”. They played it several times so everybody could learn it and even get acquainted with the dance. We also heard speeches by Marjolein Sluijters (WAGGGS) and Julijana Daskalov (WOSM) in which they spoke about the Roverway 2018 theme “Opposites attract”. Frans Timmermans gave an inspiring speech about making a difference and he got some challenging questions from participants.

After the official part there was “our own” DJ Jeroen van de Velden who really got the party started. People were dancing and obviously the sand flew all around but it didn’t matter, even though almost everybody had a shower earlier on. There was Spanish music, English music, old and new music, but all songs were meant to make you dance. It seemed like everybody was having a great time and danced until their feet were numb. Some Austrians were actually rowing to the music at some point.

After a long day in the sun and evening full of dancing it was time to get some sleep. Some slept in the tent and some under the stars. There wasn’t too much noise, so those who wanted to sleep could easily do so. And those weren’t all that tired yet could be found at the water edge talking or simply looking for shooting stars.

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Dune walk in Duindorp

After the Opening Ceremony, which ended as the sun sank into the sea, and the temperatures dropped to a more acceptable level, some people thought it was a good chance to get active again. Leaving the thumping beats of Jeroen van de Velden’s show behind groups of Rovers and Rangers found their way to one of many Dune walks. This one was special as you are not allowed to walk these Paths after sunset, but an exemption was made for Roverway 2018. It was lit by orange-glowing bottles so you didn’t have to use any flash lights that could disturb the local fauna and other walkers.

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IST from several countries were along the route for chats and questions that were open for discussion; If you have too much work on your plate and too few hours in a day, what would you do? Guessing games based on language popped out of nothing and participants, IST and Planning Team members mingled and exchanged experiences from Roverway 2018’s first day and previous camps.

Groups divided as people stopped to take in the view of the last light fading away, turning the sky over the sea in all kinds of colours. They also stopped to take in the quietness surrounding them after the impressions of the day or listen to the sounds of the awaking night life in the dunes.

After this mentally energizing walk, which was less hard than walking around on the sandy beach, everybody was definitely refreshed again to meet new friends again and, in some cases, a long night on the beach.

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This Roverway edition
will focus on the personal
development of the participating Rovers and Rangers as part of their role in society. The Roverway will provide the environment in which Rovers and Rangers can interchange experiences, knowledge and ideas. This exchange of experiences will be encouraged through the three educational objectives, which all centralize around society and intercultural learning.  

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