Buzz #6 .. an International Scouting summer

Date: 31st Jul 2019 Author: Phil Hunt

Over in North America …

Did you see the excellent TV news coverage of the World Scout Jamboree yesterday? Great informative ‘good news’ items on both the BBC and ITV which included inspiring sound bites from Chief Scout, Bear Grylls as well as action footage and interviews of some the participants. That zip wire at the Jamboree site in West Virginia, USA looks just amazing for those lucky enough to be able to do it! There’s Home Hospitality for participating Scouts in Canada and Mexico too!

Catch up with a short BBC Newround feature here and we’ve added a gallery of some photos on our home page.

… but meanwhile, in Sweden …

50 Explorer Scouts and Scouts from Greater London South West, 19 of whom are from Richmond upon Thames are camping in Skane, near Malmo in Sweden. There, they have met up with Scouts from Germany as well the local Swedish Scouts and are experiencing some terrific activities and expeditions. I’ve seen some great footage of them walking in Osterlen, through the Fyledalen Valley and a trip to the Stenshuvud National Park. The Foteviken open air Viking museum (complete with fierce-looking Viking guides!) is a great cultural experience and riding the rails (‘Dressin’ = riding bikes adapted to run on railway lines) looks brilliant, if not a little tiring! The County international expedition lasts 10 days, returning on 4 August.

… and in Switzerland …

This summer two Scout Groups from the District are on separate trips to Kandersteg International Scout Centre, the home of the World Organsation of Scout Movements (WOSM). It’s like going to a permanent Scout Jamboree on smaller scale, the site receiving visitors from all over the world all year round. It’s a Must Do for many Scouts.

Who said the Scouts just camp in a muddy field during a wet British summer? But that’s a brilliant adventure too – right?

Catch you soon.


Flag break at Kandersteg


I want the public to know how Scouting continues to open young people’s eyes to a world of extraordinary promise and possibilities.'
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls