Buzz #5 – WSJ, and they’re off!

Date: 22nd Jul 2019 Author: Phil Hunt

45,000 Scouts from 152 countries from all over World gather today at the 24th World Scout Jamboree in West Virginia, USA which includes 3,600 Scouts from the UK. Amongst them are 72 young people from Greater London South West, of which 23 are our very own from Richmond upon Thames.

And what an amazing time they’ve got in store. The theme for this Jamboree, which runs from 22 July to 2 August is Unlock a New World and will explore subjects such as sustainability, faiths and beliefs and global issues where Scouts can make a difference. There will be parties galore to experience different world cultures (our local Units are showcasing Wimbledon’s strawberries & cream and English tea), concerts, ceremonies and general revelry. All this is mixed in with a programme crammed with aerial, aquatic and terrestrial games, challenges, sports and activities. I know our lot are especially looking forward to scuba diving and travelling on the longest zip wire in the USA!

And it’s not just about a massive campsite in West Virginia either. Our Scouts will have had the chance to see much more of North America. For instance, they will be travelling through at least seven States taking in some world-class sightseeing in New York and Washington DC and, will even be staying in London – that’s London in Ontario – as guests of the Canadian Scouts.

As fun as it sounds, as with all World Scout Jamborees, it’s far from being a holiday trip though. It’s a concentrated and intense international working Scout programme. Experiences, friendships, learnings, skills and memories made in the next couple of weeks will last a lifetime. It doesn’t get more #SkillsForLife than that.

You can hear more about their trip at the District Conference 2019 where some of our contingent members will be on hand to show and tell their stories. Make sure you’ve registered.

See you soon!


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