Michigan USA Trip - 2004
MICHIGAN INTERNATIONAL CAMPOREE 2004.
During our stay with our hosts, we took part in various activities with our camporee troop, which comprised of
Part of our host week we had a great deal to do including shopping. I had a few things on my list and so did Norman. We travelled to many shops and malls looking for the best prices and deals. We also had to shop for ingredients for the International Meal as well as the International Day. Luckily we managed to find all of the ingredients without too much of a problem.
1 August – The Camporee
We had to wake early and get on the road as we had a long trip ahead of us. From the small town of Saline we had to get to Northwoods Scout Reservation near Rose City. The drive took about three hours and we had to get
For the duration of the camp we were all put in different camps, our camp name was Cheppewa. In our campsite we had two troops from America as well as the Czech and one adult leader from Belize who was representing his troop who could not make it because of
Then we just left it to cook while we washed up and got the sadza on the roll. At the end of it all, everyone enjoyed the meal and many came back for seconds. The Czechs had also spent the afternoon preparing apple strudel, which was also very good.
Following the Camporee, Norman and I had a two week stay in Washington DC. This was separate from the scouting programme and was just for the experience. Our stay in Washington was made enjoyable by the Dellinger family, who willingly accepted us into their home. Then it was back home for Norman and to England for me. I was to stay three weeks visiting family and friends as well as a trip to Prague, kindly paid for by my sister and her boyfriend. I had a great stay in England but was still very glad to get home after 7 weeks away.
A photo taken this morning - Zimbabwe Scouts at the opening ceremony of Michigan International Camporee 2004 in the USA Click on any photo to enlargen it.
7th August 2004
& Norm says... Joe and I are now at the CAMPOREE after having spent a most enjoyable week on home hospitality in a town by the name of Ann Arbor. The Michigan Webmaster has posted some more photos of Joe "trading patches" (swopping badges) & of Joe and I doing our song "Cocky Lobin" at the campfire. I introduced our item at the campfire with a short history of B-Ps exploits in the Matopos, the kudu horn, the scout hat, etc. Then I said that we were the smallest contingent present but that I would perform some magic.
Saturday from 1100 to 1700 hrs we will be serving koeksisters at the international fair on the football field. (We are keeping it quiet that it is really an S.A. dish!)
Camporee Program and ActivitiesWhat will make Michigan International Camporee 2004 different from most international Scout camps is the way Scouts from different countries will be included in each camporee troop and in each camporee patrol. Camping for a week as part of an international troop and an international patrol will give each Scout unique opportunities to learn about other countries and other cultures and to make new international friends. With a total of 600 youth participants, the entire camp will be small enough that each Scout will be able to meet and get to know Scouts from all the other countries that will be represented.
The 600 youth participants will be divided into 15 troops of 40 Scouts each. 16 Scouts in each troop will be from Michigan, 8 will be from some other state or some province of Canada, and 16 will be from one or more countries outside the United States and Canada. All the Scouts in each troop will participate as a group in many of the camporee activities.
Sunday, August 1, will be arrival and setup day at Northwoods. In the late afternoon, there will be an opening ceremony at the parade ground. Each contingent will enter with their national flag. The raising of all the flags will signal the official opening of Michigan International Camporee 2004.
Monday, August 2, through Friday, August 6, will be program days. Each troop will be scheduled to participate in three program areas each day, the first from 9:30 to 11:30 AM, the second from 12:30 to 2:30 PM, and the third from 2:45 to 4:45 PM. One program area each day will be a water area and two will be land areas. Activities at water areas will include swimming, rowing, and canoeing on Lake Arrowhead, a water carnival in which each troop will complete with two other troops in waterfront events, and an inner tube float trip down a section of the Rifle River. Activities at land areas will include handicraft, shooting sports, Scoutcraft, team games with another troop, initiative games, international campfires, and opportunities to experience the lives of Native Americans, the Voyageurs, and early Michigan settlers.
During some of the evenings, everyone will attend camp-wide shows at the campfire bowl. We expect a highlight of the week again in 2004 will be the International Night, with song and dance from many countries. Other evenings will be unscheduled, with opportunities available for swimming, boating, archery, rifle, handicraft, and badge swopping early in the evening, and for campfires in troop campsites later in the evening.
Saturday, August 7, will be International Festival Day. On that day, contingents from different countries, from different parts of the United States and Canada, and from Michigan, will prepare foods representative of where they come from, and will set up displays and activities.
On Sunday, August 8, there will be religious services and then a closing flag ceremony at the parade ground. Michigan International Camporee 2000 will officially end on that day, but we expect that the spirit and friendships it creates will continue for many years. Ack:-www.petenelson.ca/ventures/michigan_international_camporee.htm
Ack:- The official Michigan International Camporee 2004 website is at http://www.mic2004.org/.