Every 4 years, Scouting has a World Jamboree where Scouts from all over the World meet, share, learn and have fun together for 2 weeks. This tradition stretches back almost 100 years to the first jamboree in London, 1920. The Jamboree is above all an educational event that brings together the world’s young people to promote peace and mutual understanding and to develop leadership and life skills. The camp for 2019, the 24th World Scout Jamboree, is a jointly organised event by Canada, Mexico and the USA, the camp being held in West Virginia, USA.
Fraserburgh Scouts have kept up a proud tradition of having representatives selected to represent Scotland, the North Region, and the town, at every one of the last 5 World Jamborees (Thailand, UK, Sweden, Japan and now America) This year, 3 of the North Regions contingent of 24 young people are young ladies from Fraserburgh – Islay Francis; Rhiannon Ritchie; and Aaliyah Twycross. They will join 50,000 Scouts from round the World in West Virginia and the North contingent will visit New York and Washington D.C in addition to home hospitality with a Scout group in Canada as part of the trip.
The theme for the Jamboree, Unlock a New World, will allow them to unlock new adventures, new cultures, and new friendships. This jamboree will provide a different view on the Scouting movement. Holding fast to our traditions of conservation and outdoorsmanship, a jamboree in the New World is a jamboree that embraces the growing trend of leadership development and global citizenship that our movement has cultivated.
Fraserburgh Leader, Eilidh Kirkwood, volunteered and was selected as an Assistant Unit Leader to train and lead the North Contingent, whilst her brother Sandy is volunteering as part of the International Service Team helping to run the high rope activities.
This is the largest group from Fraserburgh ever to attend a World Jamboree and all of the Fraserburgh contingent would like to thank everyone who helped them raise the funds to be able to go to West Virginia.
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