With the Lithuanian Jamboree just around the corner, everybody is curious about what awaits them in the camp. What are we going to learn, to experience, to see there?
Why Folowing Kindness?
In the battle between good and evil it often seems that evil prevails, crushing the shoots of kindness with its devastating power, turning all into ruin and ashes. Whatever weapons kindness wields seem weak and poor, even naive and ridiculous. Yet, at a second glance, it becomes apparent that kindness, being built upon rules of conduct, laws, and concern for the others, allows true sustainability to be created in both material and spiritual forms. Thus, a base for life is built, a certain system of kindness, which is able to survive, to resurrect, to spread, and grow even in the most difficult of circumstances.
The covert quest of kindness consists of an abundance of small good deeds. Just as at school, every lesson may seem like an event of small significance, harmless to skip. But the vast world of kindness is made of such small deeds and tiny footsteps, and it is made by good people and their good turns.
Scouts are champions of kindness and peace, warriors of St Michael, followers of St George, they create and support all that is good on Earth. Each era has its own troubles and challenges, which is why scouts should be ready to do their duty: to make the world a better and a happier place. In difficult times they should do their best to protect goodness so that when the storm of evil has subsided, creation can start anew.
The 2013 Jamboree is dedicated to kindness, to strengthening the Lithuanian society through good deeds, through the quest for improvement, through the attempts to create a better world. Many of our failures are caused by the lack of kindness: tax evasion, alienation from the community, neglect of the state, loss of connection with Lithuania, superficiality, inattention to our neighbors. All of these we can avoid if we walk down the road of our lives, leaving behind us small, but deep footsteps of kindness. In order for Lithuania to become a better place…
How does it work?
The Jamboree program is all about discovering and following kindness. The program consists of a variety of sectors, called ‘Footsteps,‘ which will offer various activities and adventures for different age groups.
Activity Footsteps will be both on-site and off-site. To take part in activities, campers will have to have a special ‘Footstep Pass,‘ valid for their age group in the particular Footstep.
The Pass system
Camp activities will operate on a pass system. In order to participate in the activities of a specific Footstep, participants will have to obtain a Footstep Pass valid for their age group in that Footstep.
Passes will be issued to regional subcamps every evening. Scouts will use these Passes the following day to take part in Footstep activities. Campers will be able to choose, swap, and share Passes, although scouts should bear in mind that most Footsteps can only be visited once during the Jamboree. Therefore, the next day scouts should choose Passes for activities they have not taken part in yet.
There will be 11 principal activity Footsteps in the Jamboree.
Footstep #1: Arts & Crafts Village
Can you make candles and weave sashes? Ever dreamt of carving your own wooden spoon? How about those spectacular straw sculptures? Perhaps you‘d like to try your hand at origami or find out about herbal teas?
If your answer is yes, then come to the Arts & Crafts village, where you‘ll have a chance to meet folk artists, museum curators, artists, blacksmiths, jewelers, and, of course, all the talented scout leaders prepared to share their skills and experience with you.
Footstep #2: ‘Up Above‘ – spiritual program
This Footstep offers you a chance to meet yourself. If you feel new desires, strange questions, secret dreams awakening within you… If you need to know why you are here and where you are going…. You shouldn‘t be alone. Your friends and your parents have all sorts of answers, but they are not exactly what you are looking for… The greatest discoveries will have to be made on your own. But not alone.
There is Someone who made you the way you are. He knows what your Treasure is. In the camp, you can meet and befriend Him.
- submerge yourself in the silence of the chapel tent;
- reflect on the quote of the day;
- discuss It with a Pro;
- switch on your senses to experience what He is and what He has in store for you;
- go on a hike and return different;
- go to a place where people have been meeting Him for hundreds of years;
Do this with your brothers and sisters in scouting.
Footstep #3: ChallengeVille
ChallengeVille is an activity meant for scouts who have plenty of experience and are ready to take risks. It consists of 10 teambuilding and ‘fear factor’ tasks in a closed territory. The tasks are meant to be undertaken by teams of eight. Two best teams of the day will be invited to the Night Activity of ChallengeVille.
Only some of these tasks are freely available online. Some of them have been created especially for the Jamboree, some are used by Special Services recruiters in certain countries, which is why they are not widely known. No special preparation is required, however, the tasks will take a lot of courage, self-confindence and belief in your gang.
By the way, ChallengeVille has some special rules of its own: each participant will have to agree not to discuss the tasks with people outside their team, also, no mobile phones and recording devices are allowed on the territory. However, no need to fear – the greatest moments in ChallengeVille will definitely be documented.
Footstep #4: Survival
If you are 14-18, if you are up for a challenge, if you‘re prepared to take part in the program at any time of day or night, visit the Survival Footstep.
Everything we offer we‘ve experienced ourselves. What did we want to do in scouts when we were 14 or slightly older? We wanted to push our limits, to play pranks, to do all sorts of crazy and exciting things; to have the most amazing adventures of our lives; to secretly fall in love; to sneak up on our neighbour‘s tent in the deep of the night; to explore the surroundings; to complete a pioneering project so awesome all rovers would die of envy; to sit by the campfire with the best friends ever; to survive in the wild with nothing but a knife and a piece of bread; to sing heart-rending songs; to compete with other scouts for trophies to embellish our uniforms; to hug our brothers and sisters in scouting before saying our goodbyes!
This is what you will experience in the Survival Footstep. Here, activities are non-stop, so you‘ll have to be prepared!
Footstep #5: Cinema
Do you enjoy cinema? Ever brought a camera on a camp or a hike? Do you miss films while camping? Have you ever seen an open-air screen just as big as in a movie theater?
Choose the Cinema Footstep, which offers great films under the sky! Screenings will be followed by discussions and lectures. Cinema tent will be open throughout the Jamboree.
Footstep #6: Science and Technology Valley
Are you tired of cramming theory? Never thought chemistry could be jaw-dropping? You don‘t know what a ‘jaw’ is in the first place? What if we took the content of your textbooks and transported it all out into the woods? What if you put on some gloves and experimented like a real scientist?
The Science and Technology Balloon offers chemical wonders straight from the lab and secrets of physics revealed by physicists from Vilnius and Kaunas. If learning 10 new ways to start a fire sounds too humdrum, try your hand at making your own camera or join medical students to learn the secrets of first aid. If you want to find out what’s going on in your tent buddy’s head, you absolutely must meet our psychologists. Ever wondered about different Lithuanian dialects? No problem, we can teach you all sorts of language tricks! We even offer lessons in the art of ciphers.
See you at the Science and Technology Balloon!
Footstep #7: The Academy
The Academy is a real scout university where each scout can discover his or her talent and earn merit badges in a variety of areas, from first aid to mechanics, from photography to cooking. The Academy will offer lessons, seminars, practice opportunities, and personal challenges leading to 15 different merit badges. Throughout the week, scouts will be exploring an area of their choice, seeking to gain knowledge and develop skills which would allow them to call themselves real experts by the time the Jamboree is finished.
Our teachers are professionals, both scouts and non-scouts. They will meet the students of the Academy every day to teach them the secrets of their expert area.
Activities in the Academy will run for 3 hours in the morning and 3 hours in the afternoon. Scouts wishing to earn a merit badge will have to choose either morning studies or afternoon studies, which means that they will attend either morning or afternoon sessions throughout the Jamboree. Upon successful completion of the program, each scout will receive a badge.
Scouts wishing to enter the Academy will have to register in advance, indicating the badge they are interested in. More information will be available soon.
Footstep #8: Sport Zone
We in the Sport Zone want you to be energetic, full of joy, ready to explore the world around you. We wish you to be healthy and fit, that is why we will be taking care of your physical well-being during the Jamboree. However, we also care about your character and will, your sense of responsibility, teamworking and leadership skills.
The Sport Zone offers frisbee, beach volleyball, water balloon volleyball, outdoors bowling, water polo, baseball, 5×5 football, badminton, climbing wall, and obstacle course.
Footstep #9: Wide game ‘Subcamp Aces’
In the wide game ‘Subcamp Aces’, scout patrols will go gold-digging, coal-mining, wood-chopping, as well as earning money in the crafts corner to spend on building the best subcamp ever!
So start working on your strategy and brush up on your pioneering skills. Only one patrol can win! Plenty of challenges for everyone.
Footstep #10: Samogitian hikes
Every camper will have a chance to go on a hike in Samogitia. Hikes offer a great opportunity to discover the culture and history of this unique region of Lithuania. There will be hikes for different age groups and experience every day. Activities in this Footstep include not only walking, but also cycling, canoeing and horse riding!
Footstep #11: Good Turns
Other activity zones
In addition to the principal activity Footsteps, which will run every day, the Jamboree also offers other events and activity zones.
- 1. Opening and closing ceremonies and campfires
Have you ever sung by a campfire together with 2000 scouts? When was the last time you went to a real scout concert? The opening and closing ceremonies of the Jamboree will be truly memorable events, uniting everyone and leaving you with memories for life.
- 2. Subcamp activities
This Event is special because scouts from all over Lithuania will be taking part. The four regional subcamps will host scouts from different areas and organizations, which offers a great opportunity to find new friends, share experiences, and get to know each other better.
- 3. Sea scout and air scout program
The Harbour and all the boats in it are under the jurisdiction of the sea scouts. Just as on a ship, there are only two rules here: 1. The captain is always right. 2. If the captain is wrong, see rule number one. Get ready to dive.
Meanwhile, in addition to constructing wings and bird watching, air scouts will also take you up into the air – for real.
- 4. Visitor‘s Day
Parents and friends of scouts are cordially invited to the Visitor‘s Day on July 10, which will offer a variety of activities for the guests of the Jamboree.
- 5. Adult subcamp activities
Volunteers and scout leaders can enjoy special evening activities at the Jambore adult subcamp. Activities will include discussions, concerts, lectures, film screenings, and even dancing. There will also be a special relax area for the volunteers.
- 6. Activities for international contingents
More than 100 scouts from abroad will be joining us for the Jamboree. In addition to the main activities, which they will take part in together with all the other campers, our international guests will also be treated to special trips, offering them an opportunity to discover Lithuania.
- 7. Rover scout program
This program area is for rover-candidates. The candidates will have their own subcamp. By tradition, this program is known only to those who run it and those who take part in it. Get ready for challenges and surprises!
Jamboree Program Team