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Tuesday 25 September 2018

New Ross troop join 5,000 sea scouts in Holland

Members of the New Ross Sea Scouts in Holland where they joined 5,000 water scouts in a colourful jamboree
Members of the New Ross Sea Scouts in Holland where they joined 5,000 water scouts in a colourful jamboree
The colourful jamboree

David Looby

New Ross Sea Scouts joined 5,000 water scouts in Holland for an amazing water scout jamboree in August.

The local group were joined by sea scouts from Wexford, Arklow, Galway, Dalkey and Bray.

The ten-day camp included a water-based programme of sailing, rowing and sculling regattas, in addition to challenges on the waterways.

The jamboree started with a flotilla of boats travelling to nearby Zeewolde for a spectacular opening. The New Ross group were hosted by Scouting Hellevoetsluis who shared their steel hulled lelievet boats for the duration of the jamboree.

Scouting Norvicus and other groups also got New Ross on the water on lelievets and on their group barges.

The New Ross Sea Scouts enjoyed many onsite activities including combat games, laser tag, multiple obstacle courses, mud run, zorbing, abseiling, zip line, human fussball, foot pool, a casino night, concerts, sailing school workshops and team challenges organised by the subcamp Palm Eiland.

New Ross were joined by Arklow sea scouts for a day hike to Hansel and Gretel pancake house in Zeewolde, which led to a day of full of surprises inside and out and the groups also spent a day in the medieval Efteling theme park with rollercoasters and even more water.

The highlight of the jamboree was the Gondelvaart or the final parade of sail at night with all participants on the water and the closing ceremony celebrating all the subcamps and ending with a massive firework display. The group came home with two awards, happy memories and lots of ideas for future adventures.

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