County’s Scouts head overseas for jamboree

SCOUTS from across Northumberland have enjoyed the trip of a lifetime at a World Jamboree.

A total of 36 scouts from the county attended the 22nd World Scout Jamboree in Kristianstad, Sweden, spending two weeks with fellow members from 206 countries. The event boasted more participants than the Olympic Games, including 4,000 UK scouts.

Each of the Northumberland group had to raise £2,000 towards the trip, which helps to subsidise the cost for scouts from less advantaged countries, and the jamboree was a first for every one of them as they only take place every four years and participants must be aged 14 to 18.

The UK groups spent the first days of their adventure in Copenhagen, where they enjoyed a concert, before travelling to Sweden by bus.

The world camp enabled them to make lasting friendships, learn about different cultures and take part in a wide range of activities.

Chief Scout Bear Grylls said: “Over the course of the jamboree scouts were 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 movements on earth and why I am so proud to be part of it.”