COOL TENTS WITH HOT FOOD
From the 10th diary entry of Stewy Lemmon's childhood adventures.
Finally, the day Smoochy and I had been waiting for had arrived. It was Saturday the 7th of March. The day we were heading off to the, 89th Boy Scouts & Girl Guides, combined World Jamboree.
The jamboree was held this year in the Nevada desert in Las Vegas, USA.
My dad Archie, was the local scout leader for the Shimmerleedimmerlee 1st scout group and my mum Flo, was second in charge of the Barefeet Mountain 3rd Girl Guide group.
Mum's friend was the Barefeet girl guides leader and she was named, Miss Alice Springs. Dad was making the trip with other local scout leaders and 11 of us boys.
Mum and Miss Alice Springs were taking 11 girls from the local Barefeet Mountain girl guide group, including my two much older identical twin sisters, Emma and Jemma.
Also coming along was my much younger brother, Lemmy and of course my grouse pet mouse, Smoochy.
Dad has been in the local boy scout group since he was very young and his father, John Lemmon, my grandfather, was also in the same scout group when it first began, all of those years ago.
There were boy scout and girl guide groups from all over the world attending the big camping and adventure event.
People from far away places like Norway, France, Egypt, Australia, Holland, England, Brazil, Thailand, Hong Kong, Italy and of course the host nation, the United States of America.
Every group, brought with them their home nations own colourful flags and individually designed tents, based on their countries culture or famous landmarks.
It was like having all of the countries of the world, all in the one place at a time.
The boy scout and girl guide group from Thailand had a tent that looked like a Buddhist Temple and also had an outdoor kitchen where they would make, such great tasting,
but ever so hot and spicy, food from.
The Egyptian guys and girls had a massive high tent, that resembled the world famous giant Pyramid of Giza.
It must of taken them ages to make the angles so perfectly straight and with extreme precision.
Holland's tent was a large and fully operational, colourful windmill. It, even had it's very own water tank.
The windmill tent was painted with colours and designs that even impressed my very artistic dad.
He said, 'He might even have to redecorate his unusually built, outrageously painted, outback,
backyard shed and use some of the bright paint colours and fancy designs the boys and girls had done'.
The next tent was very big and long from the boy scout and girl guide groups of, Australia. It had been designed to look like the, Sydney harbour bridge.
But it didn't have a roof to protect them from the weather, while they slept shoulder to shoulder, across the wooden bridge road.
But, like most Aussies with relaxed and casual attitudes they said, 'She'll be right mate, Rain, Hail or Shine'.
The guys and gals from Italy, had a tent that was leaning over to the right, just like the, famous Leaning Tower of Pisa. They assured us all that it wouldn't fall over. 'Trust us, they said'.
Hong Kong had a very long tent that was based on the colourful, cultural inspired dragon. It had a lot of tent pegs on either side, to keep it's ever winding position in place.
It was the most colourful and coolest tent of all. But at the same time, the most scariest tent of them all.
England's tent was based on the very historic, Tower of London. It even had two very serious looking guards on patrol out front, made out of paper mache.
Norway's tent was in the shape of, a Vikings fighting helmet. It had, two large horns coming out from the left and right hand sides. It looked like a raging bull, in a bizarre sort of way.
Brazil came up with a giant yellow and green football, based on their national sport and colours of the country, for its design.
All of us just hoped, 'It didn't get a sudden hole in it and start to knock over all of our tents, just like a giant pinball game'.
France went for a super, duper structure, that was wide at the bottom and became thinner towards the top. It was in the shape of the Eiffel Tower, of course.
It was the tallest tent at the jamboree camping grounds and provided the best views from atop.
While the host nation the USA decided to honour the, Native American Indians. They, had a large tent resembling an original and colourful Indian Teepee, with a hole at the top.
The scouts and girl guides from, the USA, sent out messages to everyone nearby, using the old, but still very effective, smoke signals way of communication.
They said, 'Who needs the Internet, Facebook and Twitter, when you can send messages and cook a meal on a fire at the same time'?
After looking at all of the great tents made by all of the participating nations, we sat down to eat. Everybody had made a favourite dish from their home country.
All the girl guides from Australia made the famous and delicious dessert cake called, Pavlova.
But, it wasn't any ordinary Pavlova, for it was in the shape of the very large outback rock named Uluru.
Which, by the way, is located in the middle of Australia, near a place called Alice Springs.
So my mum's friend has a very famous name indeed. The girl guides from Australia named this creation, 'The Alice Springs Rock'.
The Egyptians had made a dessert out of shortbread, that took them hours to make.
Each piece of shortbread had to be skilfully cut, with exact precision or the creation just wouldn't stay in place. It was named, 'Pastry Plate of Pharaoh's Perfect Pyramid'.
The Italian Boy Scouts, prepared a series of huge leaning pizzas stacked on top of each other, on very acute angles, just like their tent. They named their creation, 'The Leaning Tower of Pizza'.
The host nation of the USA, made some yummy hotdogs with tomato ketchup, mustard and cheese.
They made the hotdogs, pop up from each end of the roll and placed wooden sticks on either side to look like American Native Indians were rowing their canoes.
Norway had created a tasty snack made with salmon and biscuits which looked like little boats flowing down the Fjords.
Also the impression of large rocks in the water that were in fact meatballs for all.
Thailand had served up several spicy dishes, including the famous Pad Thai dish with chicken and the hot soup named Hot and Sour with Prawns in Thai you pronounce it as Tom Yung Goong.
It was so yummy in the tummy the dishes from Thailand.
In the Brazil kitchen they made us their nations famous Churrasco or BBQ.
It uses a variety of meats like pork, beef and chicken which was cooked on large metal skewers stuck into the ground and roasted with the embers of the charcoal.
France baked up some crescent shaped flaky pastry named the Croissant.
They added some great tasting almonds to a few, while some others had dried fruits such as sultanas, raisins and even apples.
Holland had an assortment of plates consisting of Gouda and Edam cheeses with mayonnaise and mustards and other plates had a rich variety of fruits, freshly cut meats and nuts placed upon them.
Hong Kong had very traditional Chinese meals prepared for all to enjoy.
They had everything from fried rice, to Chinese noodles to my dads all time favourite Peking Duck, so when he saw the duck he said he was in luck.
Also they had a plate full of Dim Sums and a Hong Kong favourite snack called egg tarts and another of my dads favourite drinks named milk tea.
Finally England had whipped up my Friday night special, which is Fish n Chips with tomato sauce.
It was so good that a lot of the other nations said they would make it for their families, once they got home.
In the morning we had such great fun and adventure while trying every nations favourite sport or recreation.
We started by having team races on the river in Native American Indian canoes, Norwegian Viking ships, Italian Gondolas, Egyptian river boats and Chinese dragon boat races in the nearby river.
The winning order was Hong Kong 1st, Italy came in 2nd and third of all was Egypt.
We even had competitions to see who could do the best smoke signals and we even had fun rope climbing events to the top of the Eiffel Tower, the Leaning tower of Pisa,
and walking and climbing events up the Pyramid of Giza and the Sydney Harbour Bridge tents.
Then some countries had a football game after lunch with teams from Brazil, England, Italy and France playing for the Boy Scouts and Girl Guides World Cup golden trophy.
Brazil beat England in the final 3-1, to hold up the golden cup.
Some other nations had bike riding races, which Holland won with ease. Australia did really well in the boxing competition.
Everybody laughed when Smoochy came out 1st, wearing a pair of boxing gloves,
before they brought out a plastic blow up of their mascot wearing gloves "Big Red" the boxing kangaroo which was placed near the ring for good luck.
Thailand dominated the Judo and the USA couldn't be stopped in the 100m sprints and also the mixed basketball matches.
So overall, everyone had such a great time and we all loved the tents, food and different sports to watch and perform in, from all of the world.
The week went so fast and it was sad to say goodbye to all of our new friends from all over the world,
but we promised that we would stay in touch either by using smoke signals or the new generations way, which is either by Facebook or Twitter.