Those are the words most participants of the just concluded 9th Malaysian National/18th Asia Pacific Jamboree would say. The Jamboree which was held from 1st to 8th August at Kem Sri Keluang, Besut, Terengganu was attended by approximately 15,000 from 25 different countires with Terengganu sending more than 8,000 scouts.
The organisers of the Jamboree should be congratulated over the job well done especially the provisions of physical infrastructures like toilets, shower places, telephones, lightings and all the essential services. The selling of Jamboree souvenirs and merchandise too were very impressive with a wide range of choices to choose from.
The Sabah Contingent who attended the Jamboree too had made Sabah proud by winning the Best Cultural show. There are also a few things that the Sabah scouts should be proud of. Perhaps one of the proudest achievement is that Ivan Lee, a senior scout from S.M. Kian Kok, Kota Kinabalu District was the first participant of the whole jamboree to earn the Activity Award. Other than that all the Sabah scouts managed to complete the requirements to achieve the Award.
The presence of our National Chief Scout Commissioner, Dato' Seri Haji Yang Rashidi Maasom, during "Malam Sabah" and also our State Chief Minister, YAB Datuk Yong Teck Lee during the last day of the Jamboree has certainly boost our spirit.
However, there were few setbacks which could have marred the Jamboree. For example the security aspects, cleanliness, disorganisation of activities and so on. The use of armies to coordinate activities are particularly an advantage to the participants since they are the experts at those rough and rugged activities. However the difference is that they are not scouts and thus does not understand the spirit of scouting. The quota on the number of local scouts participating too should have been worth looking into as it has made the Jamboree more of a Terengganu Jamboree.
Nevertheless, despite all that, Jamboree is always a Jamboree. We had fun, kept our spirit of scouting alive and most of all developed friendships. Thank you, Terengganu, for the memorable Jamboree.