What are you looking forward to?

The participants have finally arrived at Zeewolde! Tents are up and Opening Ceremony is on the horizon, but some are also looking beyond tonight. What are your expectations of the remaining days of Roverway 2018.

Michelle, UK “I’m looking forward to going swimming in the lake and going sailing.”

Phoebe, UK “I’m just looking forward to everything! All the new experiences.”

Eleanor, UK “I’m looking forward to trying all the activities with people from different countries.”

Anastasia, Cyprus “Exchanging badges and scarves with everybody and having fun.”

Alberto, Spain “Meeting a lot of people and learning a bit of culture of other countries.”

Alyssa, Finland “We had quite an active Path so maybe just some chilling!”

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Arrivals in Zeewolde

Zeewolde burst into life this morning as coaches delivered participants from their paths all across Holland.  Many participants have travelled for over an hour, and look a little weary. Luis and Giuseppe, both from Spain, are excited for the camp at Zeewolde even though they are not sure what they will be doing. Participants can be seen clapping and singing songs as they make their way down the road into camp - a welcoming committee guide them to subcamps where they pitch their tents, and settle in for the days ahead.  For most participants this is the third time that they have set up camp - for some it is the sixth or seventh - it is a welcome relief that it will be the last! Having pitched their tents, some participants gather in groups and set off to explore their new home.

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Fourth day report from the Paths

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.

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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.

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IST Day Off

The IST have definitely earned a day off, and the 27/7 and 28/7 was an opportunity for (almost) everyone to take one day off.  So many activities were available for the IST to take part, from workshops to day-trips, from escape rooms to sailing, the air was filled with the sound of IST relaxing, enjoying, and sometimes even learning!

First thing in the morning we caught up with a group of IST who were sailing.  Life jackets on, we boarded boats in groups of 4 or 5, with an instructor. Sails up, the small boats were quickly skipping across the lake’s calm water - everybody took turns steering and managing the sails, and quickly learned how to take control of the boat.  For everyone on board it was nice to have a cool breeze, and occasionally a splash of water!

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Later, in the midday heat IST were locked into a tent and asked to escape one of two escape rooms.  Challenges, riddles, logic puzzles and LOTS of padlocks were involved! For some the heat melted their brains, and escaping became impossible, others had just seconds on the clock before they finally managed to escape.

After lunch the IST boarded a coach to Elburg, a city with a small medieval walled town centre.  The old-town centre is very picturesque, and provides a welcome break from the busy Zeewolde campsite.  Many of the IST are taking advantage of the Cafes and Restaurants that line the streets, and also picking up essentials from shops such as sun cream, lip balm and deodorant - others are busy writing and sending postcards to friends and family back home.  All too soon it is time to board the coach to return to Zeewolde.

Back at the camp everyone is getting excited to see the lunar eclipse that evening - it took a while to show itself, but much later in the evening the dancing at the Rainbow cafe came to a halt when everyone rushed outside to see the ‘blood moon’ hanging low in the sky!

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Third day report from the Paths

Path #005: “A modern living environment”

We have travelled to Stadskantoor, in Utrecht, to meet Path #005:

Reporter: I would very much like to know what interesting activities you have been doing, and how you are enjoying Roverway 2018 so far?

Adriana from Portugal: Well today we woke up really early and I think we already walked 10km just this morning.  Our Path is really nice, we formed patrols from every country so we can socialise more. It’s really interesting for me - we have all these nationalities here and we can all learn words from their language.  I have already learnt some Spanish and Slovenian words.


Reporter: How was your day so far?

Adriana : Actually this is our first activity for today, here at the city hall, we had to use our creativity to design a street in the most efficient way.  We had to think about cars, people, bikes and how to make it suitable for all of them. The nice thing was that we could design these streets the way we would like to see them, and live with.


Reporter: What was the impact that this activity had on you?

Adriana : As we all know, the Earth is slowly dying and this activity made me think more about the different ways we can take care of it.


Reporter: Since your path leaders are Dutch, I am really curious about how you have liked the Dutch food so far?

Adriana : Yeah, we have 2 breakfasts a day, but the good thing is that we are eating lots of sweets so we have all the energy we need for the active days.  When it comes to dinner we have international food in the group which can be really interesting. Yesterday it was my turn and I cooked rojões, which they really loved!

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Path #001: Roverband

Few gours later we travelled from Utrecht to Soest, to meet the Roverband.

Reporter: I know we met before, during your rehearsals, here in the Netherlands, but how are has your time been so far, at Roverway 2018?

Participant: Yesterday we put on a show for Path #012, here in Soest, inside a barn.  It was really fun, and at the end we even played songs that they requested.


Reporter: You have been playing the guitar, and other instruments, alot in the past few days - do you still have any fingers left?

Participant: That’s a really good question actually - we had rehearsals all day long yesterday, but we enjoy these moments so much that the pain is not a problem anymore. This afternoon we are back on track, and we are doing a master class!


Reporter: What did you do for these past few days?

Participant: Yesterday we went to visit a windmill, and we were shown how the windmill works, and we did community services for the local area.  We don’t know much about the next few days - every day is a surprise!

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This Roverway edition
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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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