Around 1960, the Society of the Dutch Girl Scouts looked for a place to become acquainted with the water works. This was a booming group of the scouts. In 'the Jisper and Wormer field' two pieces of land were purchased. One of them called the Dubbeltjes akker, located in a water called the Ganssloot, and was a small, fairly marshy piece of land that was seldom used. In the reorganization this land was sold. The larger piece, an island of about half an acre, is located in a water called the Bruidssloot.
Scouting camping island “’t Mieuwtje” Jisp
In the past, these islands were mainly processed by farmers and gardeners. The work was done mostly by hand and they had to transport themselves over water with boats. On the island of NPV only grass was growing, which was cut several times a year. Formerly, many mills were situated in the Zaan. According to history, there was also a mill at the Ganssloot/Bruiloftsloot called the Gull (in dutch: meeuw). The Girl Scouts called their island after this mill: 't Mieuwtje.
"The Great Expectation"
In the absence of buildings on the island, soon the need came for a shelter to stay. At that time, tents were of inferior quality during bad weather. Therefore, an old barge build in 1903 was purchased, with the name "The Great Expectation". The barge had a whole life history and was moored at the island.
In winter, the barge was sailed to the mainland in order to be accessible for maintenance. Every Thursday and sometimes on Saturdays female volunteers did the chores. The name of Mrs. de Wit-vd Stadt, the steering wife of the barge, and executor of camping is inextricably linked to the island. For twenty years she was at the helm. Only in the early nineties she wore over the management to mainly men. The barge was sold in 2007 after 40 years of loyal service.
Rowing boats, sailing boats, canoes, etcetera have always belonged to the island. People used a container in the rowing boat to take drinking water from the village. Currently only rowboats, canoes and kayaks are used.
The first tap with cold water came around 1980 through a water pipe from the village. Later this tape was replaced by a rickety shower and some taps. Currently, there is a container with hot showers, sinks and toilets.
The Jisper and Wormer Field
Nowadays there are hardly any farmers who conduct their business in the Jisper and Wormer Field. However, there are still fishermen who catch fish with professional traps set out by them. Most of the islands are owned by the National Association for Nature and nature. Scouts and other interested parties can camp here, enjoying the birds, flowers, plants, water and most of all the rest.