Photos: The Cutest Scouts in Thailand

By Alexis

Young scouts salute the camera in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Fields trips! One of the many perks of teaching English at a public school instead of a language institute. Since I teach at a government-run elementary school here in Chiang Mai, Thailand, I recently got the chance to go on a scouting field trip with the first graders (learn how I landed the TEFL job here).

I was stoked because: A) I really love hanging out with my students outside the classroom, and B) Who doesn’t love a free activity?

This particular field trip took us to a scout camp about 30 minutes outside Chiang Mai, near the San Kamphaeng Hot Springs which are located here. The kids got to walk across rope bridges, perform dances and chants, ride a zip line, and more. They were running and screaming all day and when the time finally came to leave, they all literally passed out from exhaustion on the drive back (which meant a quiet ride home for Teacher Alexis, haha). Check out some photos of the day here…

Opening Ceremonies

Young boy scouts in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Scouts stand in a circle at a camp in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Students stand together for the day’s opening ceremonies which (because it’s Thailand) began with a Buddhist prayer.

Scouts in Chiang Mai, Thailand Collage

Smiling scout in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Scouts get white sunscreen paste drawn on their face in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Students have this white paste applied to their faces a lot in Thailand. I’m assuming it’s sunscreen or something to keep them cool.

Little shoes arranged in a circle

The kids lined their shoes up in this perfect circle, unprompted. I thought it was adorable. Then, of course, you see the one rebel who haphazardly kicked his shoes off and wouldn’t conform to the group, haha

Smiling Thai student in scout uniform

Dance Contest

Students clap and perform at a scout camp in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Students dance at a scout camp in Chiang Mai, Thailand

The boy on the right ended up winning for his, um, creative air humping move. The kids were dying, thought it was hilarious.

Students dance at a scout camp performance

Thai student plays peekaboo

Girl scout has her cheeks squished into a smile in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Zip Line Time

Boy scouts watch their friend ride a zip line

Scouts Collage2

Scout leader helps a young student get out of his zip line gear at a scout camp in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Rope Bridge

Scouts cross a rope bridge

Girl scouts in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Scouts cross a rope bridge

This is one of my tiniest students and she was SO brave going across the rope bridge even though she could barely reach.

Girl scout in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Closing Ceremonies

Scouts in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Boy scouts salute the Thai flag in closing ceremony

Boys salute the Thai flag in the day’s closing ceremony

 

Bonus Video! Featuring the musical stylings of my first grade girls, singing the language-barrier-breaking hit, “Let it Go” from Frozen. Gotta have a little roadtrip music!

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