Back from the WSJ

We are back from the World Scout Jamboree in Japan!

We had a great time, but are now exhausted after a hectic three weeks and all the travel.
Hereford & Worcester Unit 43 (Apples and Pears) esperienced upper 30 degree temperatures in Yamaguchi, Japan.
They had a great time, having spent time exploring Tokyo, before moving to the main Jamboree camp - where we have visited Hiroshima, local schools and participated in global adventures on site!
Finally they moved to Kagoshima to spend time with Japanese Scout families before returning to the UK.

The outline itinery of the visit is shown below, there is a scan of the postcard from the Jamboree and full write ups below (inc. Josh & Katie's report to download)

Click here to go to the UK Contigent website and see things like the video fantastic Jamboree Opening Ceremory.


3 weeks to go

Below you'll see photos of us at the Jamboree and our outline itinary and at the bottom you'll find a PDF resource to download and use.

Home Visit

We arrived at our Ho Ho destination of Kagoshima.
We were treated to some special delights of official welcoming speeches, shrine and dragon dancing, before being introduced to our hosts for two nights!

Statue of Libery




The Unit Leaders

Outline Itinerary:

  • Friday 24th July - depart T3 @ Heathrow, bound for Hong Kong
  • Saturday 25th - Arrive at Narita (Tokyo) for transfer to National Youth Centre, Tokyo
  • Sunday 26th July - visit Earthquake Centre & Joypolis Centre
  • Monday 27th July - visit Tokyo Skytree & Tokyo Live
  • Tuesday 28th July - Bullet train to Jamboree Campsite at Yamaguchi
  • Wednesday 29th July - camp life and Opening Ceremony
  • Thursday 30th to Thursday 6th August - Jamboree Programme
  • Friday 7th August - Closing Ceremony
  • Saturday 8th to Monday 10th August - Home Hospitality
  • Monday 10th August - depart from Fukoka airport to Hong Kong
  • Tuesday 11th August - arrive back at London Heathrow!



For a set of photographs of our Unit at the World Scout Jamboree, please click here.

Scouts from Hereford and Worcester played a big part in representing the UK at the 2015 World Scout Jamboree in Japan.

The Hereford and Worcester contingent, known as Unit 43, for the 23rd World Scout Jamboree were in Yamaguchi City, Japan earlier this summer. The unit consisted of 36 young people (aged 14 to 18) and four Leaders, selected on merit from over 100 young people a more than a dozen adults who applied in 2013 to go from the County. The young people came from Districts acropss the County: The Malverns (11),  South Marches (10), Redditch (6) , Worcester (2), Pershore (2),  Kidderminster (2), Ross-on-Wye (2) and Bromsgrove (1).

Chris Ruffe, deputy Hereford and Worcester contingent leader, said about the youing people: "They shone."

The unit was known as the Apples and Pears in a reference to the fruit grown in the two counties.
The trip included a visit to Tokyo before the Jamboree in Yamaguchi city.

The Scouts visited a temple, a tower with a viewing platform known as Sky Tree, an earthquake simulation centre and the famous Shibuya Zebra Crossing where up to 1000 people cross a road junction across and diagonally.

They also used the Bullet Train, which travels at speeds of up to 200 miles per hour, met Scouts from other countries, took part in water sports, visited Japanese primary schools and as part of the UN’s peace programme visited Hiroshima a few days before the 70th anniversary of the atomic bomb being dropped on the city.

After the closing ceremony, the youngsters travelled by bus for six hours to experience home and family lives with Japanese Scouts and their family in the city of Kagoshima.

They enjoyed tea ceremonies and visits to temples and exchanged neckers or scarves with Scouts from around the world.

Chris Ruffe, deputy Hereford and Worcester contingent leader, said:

  • Over 100 young people turned up for the selection process which involved looking for leadership and bonding skills.
  • Then we embarked on a programme of training before we went.
  • The trip was quite mind-blowing culture and temperature wise.
  • It's probably one of the further jamborees we can go to anywhere.
  • Some of them hadn't flown or been abroad and then to meet 33,000 scouts from around the world.
  • That would never happen for these kids again."

Mr Ruffe, who is known as Tosh, also had to go through a selection process to accompany the trip as leader. He said:

  • We stayed with Japanese families and that was very significant too. It took us out of our comfort zones and put us in twos where perhaps they spoke very little English.
  • The experience was fantastic.
  • Many came back with a different mindset. One said 'I feel very humble and want to take Japan home with me.'

The world Jamboree is held every four years and brings together 33,000 scouts from over 150 nations. 

The young people and Leaders had to fundraise to pay for their trip, which took place in July and did this over the previous two years.

Our Japanaese Home Hospitality Hosts presented us with two framed photographs on the visit. Scanned copies of these are illustrated below (but click on the images to get high resolution copies). The origionls are now hung at the County Campsite at Kinver.

Japan Hosts Picture 1 Japan Hosts Picture 2