Scouts arrive at World Jamboree in Sweden

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Explorer Scouts from Burnley, Pendle and the Ribble Valley are joining 4,000 other Scouts from across the UK and 34,000 others from across the world for two weeks of activities, fun and making new friends at the World Scout Jamboree.

The Lancashire Scouts left for the Jamboree, held in Sweden this year, early on Sunday and arrived in Denmark on Sunday evening where Copenhagen was taken over by UK Scouts getting to know each other, seeing the sights and taking part in activities.

Yesterday morning the Scouts travelled to the World Scout Jamboree site in south Sweden and are spending the day setting up their sites, pitching tents and unpacking in preparation for the Jamboree opening today.

As well as being a fantastic opportunity for young people, the event is an amazing chance for adult volunteers to take part in activities and learn new skills they can use in other aspects of their life.

The World Scout Jamboree will include seven days of activities, with modules based around global development, quests, people and the environment. One of the key elements of the programme will be using the natural environment as a learning tool, demonstrating its vulnerability and what individuals can do to protect the world we live in.

Chief Scout Bear Grylls said: “While lots of people know Scouting is all about adventure, they often don’t realise adult volunteers get to do just as much as young members through their involvement. The World Scout Jamboree is a great example of this. Over the course of the Jamboree Scouts will be able to meet people from around the world, take part in amazing adventures and experiences and be challenged to think about global issues in a new light. That is why Scouting is one of the greatest youth movement on earth and why I am so proud to be part of it.”