AJ2007 – Get in the Game!
The Centenary of World Scouting was launched in Australia by the 21st Australian National Jamboree (AJ2007) at Elmore in Victoria from the 2-12 of January 2007. Governor-General and Chief Scout of Australia His Excellency Michael Jeffery opened the Jamboree and took a tour of the jamboree site.
The theme of “Get in the Game” emphasised to the 11,000 participants the action-packed nature of the Jamboree with the diverse range of activities on offer both onsite and off. Activities included abseiling, rocking climbing, learning circus tricks, using an onsite air-strip with 15 planes for flying, learning to drive, heaps of mud-filled games, a water slide, and amusement rides amongst many other activities. Offsite activities were in nearby towns. Onsite and offsite, there was always something to get the Scouts’ pulses racing.
There was a wonderful Interactive Museum of Activities and Fun showing the last hundred years of Scouting. Curators were originally not sure how young people would react to the exhibition but their appreciation of Scouting’s heritage was most impressive. Lord Baden-Powell’s grandson, Michael Baden-Powell was also in attendance.
Facilities included a hospital, shops, first aid centres and fire station. There was also a radio station called “Roadkill 98.1FM” and newspaper called “Kevin”.
Scouts also attended from Japan, Thailand, Maldives, NZ, Fiji, Kiribati, UK, USA, Canada, Netherlands, Germany, Belgium and Finland.