This last week, I was a member of staff at the Essex International Jamboree in Boyton Cross, England. I was the only male member of staff in my section, which was Noa’s Club,the crèche, and I had one of the most amazing weeks.
As soon as I arrived, I was given a warm welcome by Emma, the manager, and other members of staff and felt really comfortable.
Within 5 minutes of arriving, I was handed a baby and had no idea what to do, and it was at that moment, the rest of the staff decided by Wednesday I would be holding a baby correctly. In fact, it was Tuesday when I picked up baby Ben, and from then up til Saturday he did not leave me alone, and I even fell asleep with him on the last day.
I was one of the people who was looking after the five-to-seven year-olds, and the two team leaders helped me out a lot. Rachel (camp mum) and Caroline were extremely well organised and very bubbly.
Over the course of the week, I became more confident around the children, and with being the only male, some of the children became very confident around me too. While staffing, I met two fellow staff members called Fran and Becky, we were also camping right next to each other and we got on like a house on fire.
It took all week for Becky to start talking to an old creche boyfriend, Fran finally found her hot ginger guy.
I even had to teach Fran how to nap during the day, it was so funny, we had the afternoon off and she was moaning that she was tired, so I said “okay, follow these two simple steps, firstly, put you phone down, and then close your eyes.” Within three minutes she was asleep.
Other than meeting Becky, Fran and other new friends, I was also reunited with some old friends. Lucy, Ed T and Ed B, Jess, Chris, and of course the girl guides I met last year in Haarlem, The Netherlands.
The Bolton and the Bay guides are a hilarious group and I am very thankful for them providing me with a cooked breakfast every morning, a packed lunch and wonderful meals at dinner time. I don’t know when I’ll meet them again but I wish it is sooner than Haarlem Jamboree 2019.
Essex International Jamboree wasn’t my first Jamboree but it was my first as staff and I really hope it is not my last.
That’s all for now!