Technology and the Jamboree
Scouting is a movement which may at first seem at odds with technology. Activities such as camping hiking, and exploring nature are often seen as ways to get away from technology.
However the use and importance of technology at this jamboree, shows that scouting and technology can and do, work very well together.
Firstly there is WiFi available across much of the Jamboree site, and there are Internet cafe's available with laptops and tablets for scouts to borrow. This allows participants and IST to connect with the wider world.
We asked some scouts what they have been using the Internet for while at the Jamboree. The mostly talked about the ability to keep in touch with friends and family back home, and to upload photos of their experience while they are away. Another unexpected use for the onsite internet is to connect with other scouts on site to arrange meetings and activities.
We also asked whether they thought that the internet would continue to enhance their jamboree experience after the event. They talked about using messaging services and social media, to connect with the friends they had made during the Jamboree.
In addition The Jamboree media team, participants and IST (International Service Team), and friends and family around the world are all sharing online (this post is an example of this) and contributing to an international discussion about the Jamboree and Scouting. For instance on the 29th July, the day of the Jamboree Opening Ceremony, twitter activity peaked at nearly 4000 tweets that day about the Jamboree. In addition to this, the Vines (short videos posted on twitter) created by the Media Team, have been viewed over 60,000 times so far.
Teaching children about technology is also part of the Jamboree's activity programme. In the Science Zone, scouts can learn about many aspects of how the world works, and technology plays a big part in this.
Scouts leaving the activity zone, told us about the activities they enjoyed. For some Swiss scouts making magnesium batteries was the best part, and for the UK scouts we spoke to it was meeting Honda's ASIMO robot that they most enjoyed. For the Swedish IST, the best part of the Zone Was being able to get hands on with some of the science that was being shown, and the chance to speak to passionate professionals, such as the American and Japanese mining experts.
This programme of activities has allowed young people from all over the world to learn about science and technology, and may inspire to learn more about them once they go home.
All this together means makes this Jamboree one of the most technological, most connected, and most forward thinking Jamboree's ever.