World Scout Jamboree H&W Unit

Hereford and Worcester (Unit 81) 
Attending the 24th World Scout Jamboree

The countdown is on. In 18 months, 36 young people from the Herefordshire and Worcestershire County will be venturing overseas to attend the 24th World Scout Jamboree. This year, for the very first time, a tripartite Jamboree is taking place between Mexico, Canada and the host Country USA. All 36 of these young people worked extremely hard to get in to Unit 81 (a.k.a. The Heart of the Kingdom). They had to demonstrate their skills and knowledge, personalities and prove to the 4 unit leaders why they should be chosen to attend the Jamboree. But that was just the beginning of their journey…

For anyone looking to attend a Jamboree or previously having attended one, you will know that the Jamboree is not just about the 10 day gathering with Scouts from all over the world, but also about the journey they will have along the way.

Over the next 18 months, Unit 81 will be looking to focus on their personal development, planning on their own experiences and getting to know their whole unit. We kick started this journey with a camp in December at Blackwell Court. Braving the snowy weather; and many snowball fights, the Young People experienced their first time camping altogether.

 

They fed back their ideas and views on how their unit should behave, how they wanted to develop from the Jamboree and future camps they wanted to attend. They also started to appreciate some cultural differences they may be faced with when we meet Scouts from all over the World and certain behaviours and beliefs which may different to their own and how to respect these. 

 

Due to the timely manner of the camp it seemed only fitting that Christmas should be celebrated so in true Scouting spirit a full Christmas dinner was cooked on the burners and party games were played late into the night. A heavy downfall of snow in the night meant an unscheduled team building exercise early Sunday morning to ensure we could safely get out of Blackwell. With the tents and equipment packed away swiftly they had a couple of hours to work in their newly formed patrols to plan elements of their next camp. With everyone safely departed, Unit 81 members went their separate ways.

 

However, their journey continues constantly even whilst we are not altogether. Already some great efforts have been made to fundraise across our County to support these 36 participants in attending the 24th World Scout Jamboree.

Our next camp will see Unit 81 navigating a large City (London). This will help them to get a feel for the transportation systems and sense of volume that they will find themselves experiencing during their travels to and whilst at the Jamboree. Later in the year we will be doing an expedition camp (there is a lot of walking and navigating needed on this Jamboree site) and a summer camp to Brownsea Island. With several more camps in the diary, Unit 81 will have bonded a great deal in the next 18 months all leading to have an adventure of a lifetime (and lots of laughs along the way!)