Winchester Jamboree Scouts Mark Anniversary


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Winchester Jamboree Scouts Mark Anniversary

Winchester Jamboree Scouts are among 100 Scouts from Hampshire who have joined together in Japan for the  23rd World Scout Jamboree – and an opportunity to mark a poignant Anniversary.After years of planning, preparation and anticipation across Hampshire,

Scouts from over 200 countries and territories are currently camping together in a tented-city near Kirara-hama, Japan, following a spectacular Opening Ceremony to start the global event. They include 15-year-old Nick Muscat and 14-year-old Guy Parry who are both from Winchester.

Winchester Jamboree Scouts Mark Anniversary – Opening Ceremony

17-year-old Hampshire Scout Sophia Elliott says the opening ceremony was amazing: “Seeing all the flags united together made me feel that Scouting could change the world.  It’s not every day you can walk from tent to tent and enter a different country to learn about their lives.”

Winchester Jamboree Scouts Mark Anniversary

Throughout the event, which involves almost as many young people as the Olympic Games, the thousands of Scouts will have the opportunity to take part in hundreds of activities focused on discovering new cultures, the environment, sustainable development and global issues.

15-year old Chris Broadway is also from Winchester: “We’re making a real impact to the local and international community by getting involved in some great projects.  But as well as this we’re making new friends, and taking part in loads of exciting outdoor activities.  I’m most looking forward to getting out on the water.  Scouting rocks.”

Winchester Jamboree Scouts Mark Anniversary

All over Hampshire, each Scout who would be participating had spent 18 months planning and training for this unique cultural exchange.  Each had to fundraise £3,000 in order to experience the Jamboree, with part of this fee supporting Scouts attending from Bhutan, Botswana and other developing countries across Eurasia.

The Scouts have been supported throughout their preparations by a dedicated team of adult volunteers.  Fi Durrant, is one of the Hampshire Unit Leaders: “The Jamboree is a brilliant experience for the Scouts, but it’s huge fun for us adults too.  I’ve loved watching them grow in confidence and self-esteem.  The looks on their faces when they saw the Jamboree site for the first time was overwhelming.  It’s remarkable to see how their hard work has paid off.”

Winchester Jamboree Scouts Mark Anniversary – Hiroshima

The theme of the Jamboree is ‘Spirit of Unity’ – On the 70th anniversary of the dropping of the nuclear bomb, the Scouts will come together at Peace Dome in Hiroshima.

As far as the Jamboree is concerned, Chief Scout, Bear Grylls, says it’s all about being involved: “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.

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“The World Scout Jamboree is a great example of this.  Nearly 4,000 Scouts from across the UK are meeting 26,000 others from around the world and taking part in some amazing adventures.  That is why I love Scouting so much!”

As well as being a fantastic opportunity for young people, the Jamboree is a chance for adult volunteers to take part in activities, and learn new skills that they can use in other aspects of their lives.  Across the UK there are currently 36,000 young people waiting to join the fun, challenge and adventure of Scouting, but there are simply not enough adult volunteers to plug the gap.

To find out more, click on this link or call 0845 300 1818.