A WORCESTER teenager was among 5,000 Scouts from the UK who joined 40,000 others taking part in the World Scout Jamboree, a skills and adventure festival in West Virginia.
Ellie Sidley met 45,000 Scouts from nearly every country in the world – sharing her skills while enjoying high adventure in this picturesque part of North America – during the celebrations which came to an end of Friday (August 2).
The Jamboree offers young people the chance to learn new skills they can use in other aspects of their life and taste high adventure. Ellie tried skateboarding and had the chance to develop her skills and learn alongside young people from around the world.
The World Scout Jamboree is the culmination of two years of work for the leaders, which has involved camps and team building events preparing the young people for living on a humid site in West Virginia amongst Scouts from nearly every country in the world.
“To start with I couldn’t even stand on the board properly but the staff were patience and encouraging. They cheered you on and gave me confidence. It was really rewarding as I can now do things I couldn’t do before,” the 15-year-old said.
The event was opened by UK chief Scout Bear Grylls, who said: “World Scout Jamborees only happen every four years and tens of thousands of Scouts attend each one.
“They are incredible festivals of peace, friendship and adventure. Young people will make friends for life with people from over 150 countries, experience different food, language and culture while learning new skills.”