Over 3,000 participants participated in a vibrant Opening Ceremony, with brass bands, a few short speeches, noteably from the Camp Chief, the Chief Scout of Iceland and the representatives of the European Scout Committee and Europe Committee WAGGGS and, of course, the Roverway song!. The Opening was attended by the Icelandic Minister of Education, Science and Culture, Katrin Jakobsdottir who delivered an inspiring address to all the young people.
The weather, over 20°C – almost a record for July in Reykjavik, was excellent and helped setting an excellent mood for the start of Roverway 2009. Before heading to the buses the participants formed an arrow on the ground - one of the important symbols in the Roverway logo!
After the ceremony all the Tribes took to the buses and headed for their journey where we hope they will establish friendships and experience the Icelandic nature and culture.
You can follow one of the routes on the rovernet.eu blog written by Caz Shields.
The International Service Team (IST) headed to the Ulfljotsvatn Scout Centre, to prepare Althingi the collective part of Roverway 2009, which will start next Friday.