The ground got moister, then soggy, then liquid. There was four inches of standing water in front of the staff latrines, and palettes were laid out as walkways - and disappeared into the mud.
As the last day of the Jamborette dawned, the rains held off, and things had dried, just a bit, for the Big Games - the 1998 Blair Atholl Atholantics. The idea of the Atholantics is simple - the subcamps compete in a series of games, and acquire points by coming in first, second, and so on, in each event. The events, however, were not quite so simple. They ranged from relay races to retrieve and assemble puzzle parts, building forts by stacking bread trays, running obstacle courses through tires and over and under tables, and crossing over a path of tin cans while an opposing team swings water jugs suspended on ropes. In one game, the Scouts had to lasso and retrieve "sheep" (staff members) from inside a "pasture" marked out by rope. Seeing the Scouts coming, the sheep, baa-ing plaintively, picked up the stakes marking the corners of the rope pasture and ran off with them, forcing a rather more athletic chase than the Scouts expected. The teams body-surfed across the field, and crossed on planks supported by plastic drums. Entire subcamps threaded their way through a single tire. The games ended (how else?) with a mass Macarena.