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17-Jan-2003
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UK Contingent update


EBulletin 9 from the UK Contingent Headquarters in Thailand - dated 17 January 2003:

"The evening of the 8th January saw a spectacular closing ceremony with acts from Scouts from all over the world with one of the highlights being a group of Girl Scouts form Indonesia doing a rap about the Jamboree “it’s good – Jamboree is good”! There was also the long awaited Thai Dancing, a particular highlight for everyone and a lasting memory of the main events of the 20th World Scout Jamboree! 

The formal part of the closing ceremony saw the World Scout Flag being passed on to the UK. The flag arrived on the back of an elephant before being handed over to an Explorer Scout and the Chief Scout who drove off in the London Taxi that we had shipped out! Almost one third of the UK Contingent were involved in the entertainment which included dancing, singing, a promotional film about the UK and the 21st World Scout Jamboree, before finishing with almost six hundred people gathering on stage with red white and blue helium filled balloons to make the Union Flag which was then released! A spectacular way to hand over this great project. 

After the formal closing which included the formal renewal of the Scout Promise, complete with fireworks, the partying continued until the small hours! 

Between the end of the closing ceremony and 9am the following morning over half of the sixty UK units were shipped out to Bangkok airport in a very organised manner, with everyone catching their planned flights (even with a few last minute lost passport headaches). The rest of the UK Units left the Jamboree over the following forty eight hours, with the International Service Team remaining on site to help with the dismantling of the site and the handover back to the Thai Navy. All UK members of the International Service Team had left site by the 11th of January for their tours around the region, or their direct return home back to work! 

UK Units were shipped around Asia to enjoy all sorts of experiences in their Home Hospitality countries of Malaysia, Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, Singapore and Thailand. By all accounts vast quantities of memorabilia was crammed into bags for presents and for use at displays on return.

With all the Scouts and Guides returned safely to the UK, the end of this fantastic adventure is here. Sleep is being caught up on. Sand and dust is being emptied from bags and crevasses that weren’t known to expect. Photographic agencies around the UK will be doing a roaring trade as hundreds of rolls of films are developed. Units will be arranging reunions to swap photographs and reminisce about the great time they have had, and prepare for the countless presentations they will be making to Rotary Clubs, Districts and all sorts of other groups! 

What an amazing time! 

A huge thank you to everyone who has supported the Jamboree in whatever way. To all the Mothers who sewed on badges and did the last minute washing; to the Scout, Guide and Venture Scout Leaders who encouraged the Explorer Scouts and Guides to go for it; to all the families who had a very weird Christmas with various members of their families in places a bit further a field than normal and to everyone else who has helped the Contingent. 

Thank you! 

Looking for the next challenge… 

12th World Scout Moot – Taiwan 2004 

European Jamboree – United Kingdom 2005 

21st World Scout Jamboree – United Kingdom 2007"