PACKING UP AND CLOSING CEREMONY
Today was spent packing up in preparation for the evening Closing Ceremony. Here is a picture of two of the IST's from Quebec, as they headed off for Canada House (very lightly loaded) as they have to depart at 2:30 am to catch their 10 am flight back to Canada from Heathrow.
Took down my tent while it was dry as the forecast was predicting 'RAIN'.
At 5 pm, while eating supper, it started to rain very heavy, just in time to make things muddy again, for one last time. I got to wear my 'wellingtons' one last time to hike to the Closing Ceremony. Here is a picture of some Scouts from Wales under a blue tarp as they waited for the 9:15 pm Closing Ceremony to start. We asked them if they were trying to imitate the dragon of Wales on their flag.
My pictures of the Closing Ceremony did not turn out well, as I expected. Here is one. Even though it rained, the Scouts were in high spirits, as the UK passed over the World Scout flag to Sweden, who will host the next World Scout Jamboree in the summer of 2011. There was lots of songs and performances from Scouts from countries like Ireland, Mexico, Hong Kong. The Jamboree closed with Auld Lang Sigh, the Jamboree song and a big fireworks (the rain had changed to a light sprinkle at the end, during the fireworks). The Jamboree cast of Scout and Guide dancers did a final melody which they did at every noonday show to close the Jamboree.