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Weekend Writing Prompt #270 – Jamboree

A word prompt to get your creativity flowing this weekend.  How you use the prompt is up to you.  Write a piece of flash fiction, a poem, a chapter for your novel…anything you like.  Or take the challenge below – there are no prizes – it’s not a competition but rather a fun writing exercise.  If you want to share what you come up with, please leave a link to it in the comments.  And it’s still the weekend, so, yay me!  Thank you, Sammi, for hosting this weekly jamboree… okay, it’s more low-key than that, but still 😉

wk 270 jamboree

There is a time and place for parties that go big and loud.  And for me, that place is in the past. Let’s just say I’ve become less enthusiastic.

Our last family cruise vacation in March 2020, (just before the shit hit the fan and the world stopped) was an exception.  Three generations at the back of the ship drinking and dancing and raising hell qualifies as big and loud.

That aside, the kind of jamboree I seek out now is one brought on by nature.



93 thoughts on “Weekend Writing Prompt #270 – Jamboree

  1. Those ducks are jamboreeing. When I was a boy, the Boy Scouts always had jamborees. I dad was a scout master when my brother was in the Boy Scouts and I often got dragged to Jamborees. I tired Boy Scouts in my early teens, hated it, and became a Boy Scout drop out. My dad was always disappointed in me for not being a Boy Scout. Several years ago I volunteered to help out at a Boy Scout jamboree. Much to my surprise, about a third of the Boy Scouts were girls, and about 2/3 of the scout masters were women. When I inquired about the gender change, the girls that joined the Boy Scouts, hated the Girl Scouts because they we too “girlie” and boring. All of the women scout masters were single moms. Their boys wanted to be in Boy Scouts and with a shortage of fathers came a shortage of scout masters, so moms became scout masters. It all made prefect sense. I would have might have liked the Boy Scouts it there were girls back in the day.

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    • Jamborees are associated with the boy scouts, that’s for sure. And I love that they opened up to the girls and their moms. I’ve no doubt you would have had more fun!
      I did the Brownies and maybe half a year of Girl Guides. I was bored with it pretty quickly.

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          • I’ve never been into group stuff, especially team sports. The only team sport I have competed in seriously is bicycle racing, as an adult. I played tennis and raced motorcycles in my youth. My mom put me in little league baseball when I was 6 or 7, — it really traumatized me and I hated team sports after that. Then she put me in ballet classes. I could deal with ballet. But then, I had to give up ballet to deal with a rare disease in my knees that made it so I couldn’t walk for a year when I was 8 years old. It took the doctors a year to figure out what the problem was. I had radical surgery on both knees when I was 9, a long summer of recovery, and two years of PT before I was back to a relative state of normalcy.

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          • You poor kid!! Jeez. That must have been tough. Though, despite all that, must have made you appreciate your body once you were fixed up!

            I loved sports and was good at it. Usually, only kids from grades 5 and 6 made the teams with a few grade 4. I started in grade 3. Gymnastics, basketball, track and field. In highschool they changed our basketball to handball. I hated it. Then they created volleyball. My favourite.
            I also did figure skating but that is very solo outside of the annual show we put on. I quit when I was 12. Wasn’t ahead enough. Did t get a pro until too late.

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  3. Dear Dale,

    I’m with you. I’m not fond of big parties, rather small intimate get togethers. Or watching the sandpipers have their own jamboree on the beach. Nicely written and well said.

    Shalom and lotsa natural hugs,


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    • Dear Rochelle,

      I hear you. You’ll be watching the sandpipers very soon! Hope you enjoyed the video 😉

      Shalom and lotsa sunshine and brotherly love and relaxation and beach and furry time….



  4. It cannot be denied that birds and animals do have fun. They play, they sing, and some even appear to laugh and joke. I love to watch birds soaring on the thermals, or swooping and diving en masse. Give me that any day over mass human activity!

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  5. ah, I’m on the fence about some of this, as I come from a big family, so by definition, if we ever get together, it is a lot of people. HOWEVER, it is not a particularly NOISY family (as far as music blaring or drinks flowing or wildness other than that of kids of many ages running around in groups and teens laughing and toddlers aiming to do damage anyplace they can …), so most of our get together may no actually qualify as ‘jamborees’ — or, perhaps, at least not to our eyes … In any event, yes, I don’t think I was ever a big enjoyer of rackety-jamborees of any kind, so in that sense, my mellowing out only means that I enjoy my solitude, too. In between the fun of getting together with friends and loved ones. 🙂 I’m all for your ducks.

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  6. Dale, I could watch these all day, and fortunately in our area we can. Lots of ducks and geese out and about with large gatherings and subsequent parties which I am in total approval of. I never was a big fan of attending huge get-togethers, reunions, etc. anyway. I agree we can leave that to nature.

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    • So could I! We have a huge gathering of Canada geese at a man-made lake where I used to work. Between them and the ducks, plus the seagulls, there is always a party going on. So enjoyable to watch.

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  7. Nature knows how to do it ever so well although I do miss those raucous family get togethers. Must be getting old. 🤣 Lately I’ve come to the conclusion the past 3 years were penned by Stephen King, directed by Quentin Tarantino with a soundtrack created by Yoko Ono. Sigh

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  8. Q

    This is wheelhouse for yours truly. I dig the quiet and solitude over the bells and beers and whistles and drums of a big gathering. I think I had a very small window in the mid 2000-tinis when such gatherings were plenty fine with me. But it was very small, after which I got back to basics and never looked back.

    Here’s to nature! Naturally . . .


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  9. YEAH! A duck jamboree!
    Water on!
    Be ducks!

    Okay ducks, when you are finished, come on down to the lodge for the hootenanny!
    Erm.. I mean the quackenanny!

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