After months of waiting we were finally in the beautiful city of Porto Alegre, State of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, to begin the Interamerican Scout Moot II. It was on December 27 and after celebrating Christmas there we were about to experience this gret event with over 1,000 Scouts of the Interamerican Region.
Gradually delegations of countries that decided to become part of this great meeting of the scout brotherhood began arriving. The first two days the participants were organized into the 4 routes: Route Sierra, Route Water, Route of the Sun and Route Earth. Each with different activities, some more touristy than others, some more extreme than others, but all very interesting.
After the first two days, the participants then prepared to perform great deeds of service to the community. Many spaces benefitted from the hard work the young members of the Moot put out. Despite the heat the boys and girls did a great job, leaving each of these sites better than they found them.
After that we all met back at camp for the next 5 days of the Moot. We camped at Park Osorio in the Brazilian gaucho countryside. There we erected our tents and displays where we enjoy various activities that made the Moot a satisfying event: Inter-American Development Village, with 13 interesting workshops that addressed various topics; Module "Looking Forward" workshops on human rights, youth participation and Messengers of Peace the Interamerican Scout Center stands with many of the participating countries and the Beach Module where you could enjoy the sea, sand and sun.
The new year celebration among Scouts always have an ingredient of joy and brotherhood. All together we did the countdown to 2014. After we danced and sang together. The next day all remained in the camp for the cultural day. Participating countries surprised us all with their dancing, as well as their typical dishes. It was a full day of learning.
The Moot ended on 3 January. At night we all gathered in the main arena and there we heard the closing remarks of the authorities and Moot organizers. We witnessed the delivery of the scout flag to the Scouts of Peru, who will host the Third Interamerican Scout Moot. The most emotional moment was when we renewed our Scout Promise. Then began the journey back home, full of new experiences to share and eager to meet again somewhere in our beautiful Interamerican Region.