Jamboree Scouts jet off

Posted by Andrew Hobson Wednesday, 27 July 2011
36 Scouts, aged 14 to 18, from West Lancashire have arrived at Manchester Airport to fly off to the World Scout Jamboree in Sweden. The Scouts from West Lancashire will join 4,000 other Scouts from across the UK and 34,000 others from nearly every country in the world for two weeks of activities, fun and making new friends in the most truly international event on the planet.

The UK Scouts are flying to Denmark for three days in which the capital, Copenhagen, will be taken over by the Scouts getting to know each other, seeing the sights and taking part in activities, before they travel to the Jamboree site in the South of Sweden by coach.

As well as being a fantastic opportunity for young people, the event is an amazing chance for adult volunteers to take part in activities and learn new skills that they can use in other aspects of their life.

The World Scout Jamboree will include seven days of activities, with modules based around global development, quests, people and the environment. One of the key elements of the programme will be using the natural environment as a learning tool, demonstrating both its vulnerability and what individuals can do to better protect the world we live in.

Sam, 17, from Skelmersdale said “I can’t believe we are actually here about to go! I have been counting down the days until we leave and finished packing two weeks ago. The people I am going with have become my closest friends and I can’t wait to make friend with Scouts from all over the world!”

Jess, 17, from Lytham added “I can’t wait to try all the activities they have got planned. I’m most looking forward to meeting new friends from across the world. I’ve never met anyone from Sweden before, I’m going to try and make 100 new friends, because if not at the World Scout Jamboree, then when?”

Chief Scout, Bear Grylls said: “While lots of people know that Scouting is all about adventure, they often don’t realise that adult volunteers get to do just as much as our young members through their involvement. The World Scout Jamboree is a great example of this. Over the course of the Jamboree Scouts will be able to meet people from around the world, take part in amazing adventures and experiences and be challenged to think about global issues in a new light. That is why Scouting is one of the greatest youth movement on earth and why I am so proud to be part of it.”

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