Last summer, we embarked on a journey to West Virginia, USA to attend the 24th World Scout Jamboree.
The Jamboree is an internal event that happens every four years, the aim is to bring Scouts from across the world together to celebrate their cultures. Going on this trip changed our lives, it grew our confidence and our independence. The 24th World Scout Jamboree brought 50000 Scouts from around the world to the Summit Bechtel Reserve, so many countries attended, too many to list, here’s a map if you want to check them out.
Whilst the Jamboree was an opportunity to improve our self-confidence and better our skills with people, we also made some of the most incredible friends, and learned extensively about various cultures and languages! We believe the Jamboree is vital for young people to develop as individuals and gain influence from masses of intelligent, and well-natured young people and to gain the confidence they need to pursue opportunities later on in life!
A year has passed since we left to go to America , upon this anniversary, memories are flooding back, our leaders weren’t joking about the Jamboree blues.
During the Jamboree, we met lots of people from lots of different countries. We didn’t get the culture shock that most UK contingents get when they attend a Jamboree however, we were quite surprised at the culture gap between ourselves and people from other countries. Not only was there a language barrier but there were different traditions and different ways of thinking and approaching problems. It was an amazing thing to see and be a part of.
As Scouts, our leaders provide us with skills for life. One of these skills is peace making. By being a Scout, you’re able to connect with over 50 million other people from around the world through the fact that we all have at least one thing in common, other than being human beings, it really is something special.
We would like to thank everyone who supported us, we’re truly grateful. Scouting is a catalyst for positive change and it all starts when two cultures meet. The Jamboree is important because it delivers change around the world, change that everyone wants to see.
Yours in Scouting,
Charlotte, Erin & George