Faithbook Pathfinder Camporee 2010, Finland - 10th International TED Pathfinder Camporee 2010, Iso Kirja, Finland


27.7.–3.8.2010, Iso Kirja, Keuruu, Finland

Monday morning thoughts

Last (official) day of the camporee begins with clear skies and thus a bit chilly (only +16°C in my tent). I tighten up the string of my sleeping bag around my face to sleep two more hours. No way. I hear migrating common cranes (grus grus) trumpeting somewhere on their way to south. My thoughts are wobbling between sadness that this camporee soon will be over and happiness that I’ve been fortunated to participate this, my seventh TED Camporee.

Having two positions at the camp can be frustrating. Been a part of the staff makes me feel that I should do my job, but same time I would like to be with my club, although most of them are rovers and able to find out what to do without me.

It is 5:30 and very silent (I’m not counting those cranes, they seem to be more and more). I decide to go and have a morning shower. Good choise, there’s warm water and I feel a lot better…at least cleaner…now. On my way back to tent after shaving I hear voice from the shower container, someone is singing. More birds show up: cranes, one seagull, great tit (Parus major) and a great spotted woodpecker (Dendrocopos major).

I’m not alone any more. “Early birds” are going to toilets and showers. I meet a fellow man and start talking about those common cranes. It is quite amazing that the crane parents leave Finland two months prior their juveniles, who feed themselves and grow up to be able to fly all the way to Africa. God has created an extraordinary system that juveniles born here in Finland can find their way to the same area than their parents without any knowledge of the journey.

Camp begins to wake. The sounds of horns, whistles and megaphones receive me and I know that soon I have to check if my club is awake. I let them sleep ten more minutes.