Last weekend the Woolly Pirates gathered in Cranham for their latest training camp.
Arriving in the dark, the first job was setting up camp. We were pitched in close proximity to get used to the space in Japan, and were soon joined by the intrepid Cornish. Once the fire was going we gathered round to break the bad news..
Wake up time – 5am
While in Japan, we’ll be getting up early to avoid the heat and get to activities. After breakfast, we walked to watch the sunrise at the top of Cooper’s Hill – which almost made it worthwhile!
After walking back (lots of walking on site) we decamped to the village hall to discuss rules (see our Code of Conduct), relationships and Hiroshima (more in another post).
We were joined for lunch by members of the IST and Alan Haywood, a unit leader to the 1971 Japanese Jamboree who spoke to us about the culture and what to expect. Lunch was actually taken from the 16th Nippon Jamboree in 2013.
Dinner was rather more in keeping with the weather, a beef stew. Then back to Japan for a favourite past time of Karaoke before rounding off the evening around a camp fire.
Sunday saw a lie in (comparatively) before splitting into teams to strike camp, build a fence and bury a drainage pipe – along with a time capsule. Why will google know who you are in 30 years? Will you have made a difference?
If anyone has any pictures or videos, please get them to me!