Welsh Scouts to join 45,000 others from across the globe for international Scouting celebration

22nd July 2019
Scouts at the airport

Scouts from all over Wales are busy preparing for the trip of a lifetime to the 24th World Scout Jamboree in West Virginia.

Joining 45,000 Scouts from nearly every country across the world, the Welsh contingent have spent nearly two years planning, training and fundraising £3500 each to take part in one of the most international events on the planet.

With just a few weeks to go, the Welsh Scouts will join 5000 others from across the rest of the UK to fly to their first destination, New York. They will spend 24 hours in the big apple seeing the sights, learning to navigate and getting to know each other before they travel to their main destination, the Jamboree site in West Virginia.

The two-week long skills exchange will begin with a spectacular opening ceremony which will be headlined by Chief Scout, Bear Grylls. The Scouts will then embark on their adventure, taking part in hundreds of activities that place focus on discovering new cultures, the environment, skill development and global development issues.

The event involves almost as many young people as the Olympic Games and is set to be an unforgettable experience of international celebration with the 45,000 Scouts living and working collaboratively for three weeks.

Rhian Moore, Chief Commissioner for Wales, said: “The dedication of our Scouts and Leaders in preparation for the World Scout Jamboree has been simply awe-inspiring. There has been a lot of time spent supporting our Scouts to develop the skills needed for this life changing event.

“We’ve placed a huge focus on team building exercises where the Scouts have had to work together and socialise with others from all over the country. Already they’ve made new friends and developed new skills!

“The anticipation is growing amongst our ScoutsCymru attendees who can’t wait to get on the plane. This really is the opportunity of a lifetime for them!”

Ewan Chadwell, a member of the Phoenix Explorers from Cardiff, said: “I am so excited to attend the World Scout Jamboree. I’ve really enjoyed the fundraising I have had to do to be able to attend the Jamboree! Previously, my Scout group had to fundraise £250,000 to save our hall and seeing everyone band together made me feel so proud to be a Scout. So, the prospect of going to America with 45,000 others who all love Scouting as much as I do is so exciting.

“I can’t wait to make new friends, learn about other cultures and share the Welsh culture with others, especially Rugby and Welsh cakes!”