West Wickham guide’s Swedish jamboree
PUBLISHED: 09:53 03 August 2011
Thousands of scouts and guides from across the world are taking part in the 22nd World Scout Jamboree.
Held every four years, it is the most important date in the calendar with this year’s event taking place in Kristianstad, Sweden, allowing youngsters the opportunity to experience the country’s culture and traditions.
Based on the concept Simply Scouting, the event aims to encourage solidarity between packs from all around the globe, promoting respect for other people whilst emphasising equal rights and peace.
Katie Lord, 15, of West Wickham, who is taking part, said, “The jamboree is amazing! I’m having such a great time. I have had so much fun learning about other cultures.”
The site, in a field surrounded by woodlands, was chose to encourage appreciation of the natural world, with participants able to get really close to nature whilst living in the wild.
Activities and challenges, for the 14 to 18-year-olds, have been designed to fully integrate those from different countries.
Adult volunteer scout leaders Stuart Cosgrave, from Petts Wood, said: “The main jamboree has been really awesome but this experience will give each and every one of our participating scouts a chance to truly appreciate the Swedish outdoors.
“Some have been taking time out for reflection whilst on an early morning walks in the forest, others have started building long-lasting friendships around a quiet evening campfire.”
Chief Scout, Bear Grylls, added: “Over the course of the jamboree scouts will be able to meet people from around the world and take part in amazing adventures and experiences.”
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