Some events in your life you remember for the rest of your life. I know that I will always remember the memories, friends and fun I had at the Canadian Jamboree in 2013 (CJ). There were so many things that went into making CJ’13 so memorable and it started off with the hardest part, fundraising to get there.
After bottle drives, chocolate sales, and believe it or not a couple of pie, cookie and samosa sales, we finally hit our goal. The whole Scout Troop was going to go to CJ 2013 in Alberta. We all sat down at the next meeting picked our activities, and then came the hardest part for me, the waiting. This being my first jamboree I had no idea what to expect; all I could do was wait and see what happened.
Finally after what seemed like forever, we loaded up the trailer and set of to CJ. I remember our Scouter the day we left giving us each a bag of badges from his collection to get all the new Scouts into badge trading. I looked at the badges he gave me and didn’t really know what to do with them, turns out I would need them later on.
I met so many new people, learned so many new skills, but most of all, I had lots of fun.
There were so many things going on when we got there. I was excited and happy all the time. Badge trading became my obsession. My new friends and I would go as much as possible to try and collect different badges and exciting things from different places around Canada and the world. The rest of the trip flew by faster than I could ever imagine. I met so many new people, learned so many new skills, but most of all, I had lots of fun. I enjoyed doing things I had never done before but the thing I will remember the most was the night of the lighting.
One night, our group was about to go zip lining and I was really excited for it. It was just going to be our turn when the rain just started to come down. I had never seen anything like it. Then the lightning began to flash and it was so close to where we were. I was scared a bit for sure but we all proceeded back to the campsite where all twelve of us sat underneath a tarp, soaked to the bone, and just talked. I don’t really know why I remember that event in particular from CJ, but that’s the strange thing about memories. Going to CJ gave me so many memories and I wish I could do it all again. CJ’13 will always have a special place in my memories, forever.
Inaya Ali is a Scouts Canada Youth Spokesperson and Venturer Scout