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Scouts on the Beach
Written by Gor   
Tuesday, 28 May 2002 00:00

Hello there! Here I am on a beautiful beach in Sattahip, Chonburi. The white, clean beach with a beautiful, blue sea is empty. No one is here at the moment. I can't imagine what it will be like at the end of this year when 30,000 Scouts from all around the world arrive. They will come for the 20th World Scout Jamboree. Thailand will be the host for the first time and it is very exciting. My old school, Sriwittayapaknam, has a web site called www.thaiscouting.com and we have come here to take pictures of the camping ground. About 2000 Thai Scouts that have come here for a weekend camp.

We arrived in Sattahip just before lunch. The camp site was really big so we went to rent bicycles to ride around. It cost us 150 baht each which is not bad. We rode around taking pictures of Scouts and their camp activities. They were really friendly and respectful. Some of them even paid respect to me. After a while we saw some foreign Scouts doing handicraft activities with Thai Scouts. Those Thai Scouts were looking after the foreign Scouts quite well. They helped them as much as they could. It was good to see Thai Scouts having fun with foreign Scouts.

We stopped to take some pictures of them. They were all laughing so I walked nearer to find out what they were talking about. I could see that some of those Thai Scouts were trying to flirt with one of the American girls. They were asking her how old she was and if she had a boyfriend. I found out later that her name is Holly and that she is sixteen years old, same as me! I talked to her after she had finished with those Scouts. She said that she loved Thailand and she liked the hot weather. She said at her house it was very cold at the moment. I also talked to her friend, Travis, who was standing next to her when she talked to those Scouts. He looked like her bodyguard! I talked to them for a while and then it was time for their activities so we said goodbye.

Next we decided to go up a big hill to a viewpoint at the top. I rode up there first and Richard walked up. He said he had a bad knee. He reminded me he had an operation not long ago but really it was nearly a year ago now. He also said the bicycle was too small for him. I was up there first. I was tired like an old dog who had been running around all day. I looked down the hill and could see the beach. It was quite long and looked very beautiful from up there. We were there for a while then I saw some kids playing in the sea. We decided to go down to take some pictures.

It was very easy going down hill. Of course it was easier than going up! We rode to the beach and saw lots of Scouts playing in the sea. Others were playing football on the beach. They used a takraw which is like a small hard football. I walked along the beach and saw some Scouts burying their friends in the sand and others splashing in the sea. They were having a lot of fun. I saw their happy faces. By now the sun had started to go down and there was no light left for us to take any more photos. So we decided to drive back home to Paknam.

We had got a lot of good pictures and I made some new friends. I am pretty sure I will come here in December for the World Scout Jamboree. If you are going too then maybe I will see you there!