Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Hi ho, hi ho

It's off to work we go.
It's been a long 48 hours as all four of us have done a turn on night shift which starts at 11 PM.  That is followed by an evening shift 7 hours later after trying to get a few hours sleep during the day. 
That is all behind us now and we look forward to a day off and participating in the Sunrise Ceremony that starts at 8AM tomorrow (Aug 1).  That is the big deal this week as it commemorates the 100 year anniversary when BP first took his scouts on a camp trip to Brown Sea Island.
Today, I was on "spare duty" which means to cover special events.  My duty was crowd control at the jousting.  The best part of this is that I'm up front and can see best.  There are 4000 youth in that area doing special events from each country.  The USA tent teaches roping, branding, and other western things.  Most countries have interactive events and games.  It's quite interesting and the youth seem to jump right in.
Our schedules are different but we should all be off tonight and can maybe catch up on sleep and swap stories.  Having radios on our shift, we hear what goes on behind the scenes.  We stewards are the eyes and ears but are not to do anything but report to the command center.  There are some injuries and lost people, but some incidents can be funny.- like a stray horse on site or an icelandic woman wandering in her pajamas at 3PM. 
The weather has been great but quite cold for late July.  The last two nights the temperature was in the low 40's.  Most did not anticipate that kind of cold and I think there are a few adults who did not prepare properly for this situation.  All for now.