Wales Scouts take part in worldwide hike

15th May 2019

Scouts from across Wales took part in a worldwide hike over the weekend to coincide with National Walking Month.

Over 350 Scouts of all ages took part in Jamboree On The Trail (JOTT), an annual day for the World Scout Movement to hike together.

Joining 11,000 scouts from all over the world including Spain, France, Finland, Czech Republic, Canada, Australia and Argentina, Welsh scouts clocked up over 36 miles.

80 Scouts from 2nd Llandaff walked a five-mile circular route around the Wenallt in north Cardiff.

Meeting at its Scout hut in Llanishen, Llanishen and Lisvane Scout Group caught the train to Penarth and took party in a 5-mile circular route passed Penarth Pier, Lavernock Point and Cosmeston Lakes.

20 Scouts from 1st Abercarn, in CRAI District took part in a seven-mile night hike in Abercarn.

While 250 Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, and their families from 1st Llanmartin walked in Wentwood Forest in Newport, taking part in geocaching before enjoying a BBQ.

In North Wales, 1st Corwen Scout Group took part in a two-night camp in Llangollen, walking the historical Thomas Telford canal trail before enjoying a boat trip across the aqueduct.

While 30 beavers from 2nd Merthyr, 4th Merthyr and 6th Merthyr District Beaver Colonies took part in the Brecon Beacons National Park. The Beavers walked along the Taff Trail to the Brecon mountain railway and then caught a steam train to a campsite at Dolygaer where they took part in a variety of camp activities such as obstacle courses in the woods, archery, wide games, natural crafts, before enjoying a campfire.

Founded in 1998 in Canada, JOTT is the only international annual event for every member of the Scouting family to enjoy a day of hiking. Over the last twenty years, over 100,000 Scouts have taken part to enjoy walking and promote the world-wide aspect of the growing movement.

Alan Britt, Scout Leader from 1st Abercarn, said: “It’s great to take part in JOTT knowing that you are doing so with thousands of Scouts from across the globe. Taking part develops teamwork, stamina and friendship amongst our Scouts. Our walk was overnight, so our group also got to experience the night-time activities of wildlife and star gazing.

“This year we also skyped some overseas participants so we could all share the experience and discuss the conditions they were walking in. So, in fact, we JOTI (Jamboree on the internet) on the JOTT!”

Chief Commissioner for Wales, Rhian Moore, said “It’s great to see so many of our Groups from across Wales taking part in this international event. We know that our Groups love nothing more than getting out in the fresh air. Walking has many benefits for our young people helping them become healthier and happier, and giving them skills for life. What a great way to celebrate National Walking Month and the international aspect of Scouting.”

In Wales, ScoutsCymru gives over 14,000 young people a week the opportunity to enjoy fun and adventure while developing the skills they need to succeed, now and in the future.