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Preston Scouts heading to South Korea for World Scout Jamboree

Posted on - 16th April, 2022 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Kid's stuff, Preston News
William, Lydia, Emily and Abbey

Scouts from across the world will be meeting together next year for the Scouts Jamboree and four Scouts from Preston will be there.

The group aged 14 to 16 years old will join 3,234 other young people from the United Kingdom in South Korea where there will be 50,000 other people.

Every four years, the World Scout Jamboree, which is a skill, cultural and adventure-based festival- is held.

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The next one will be held in SaeManGeum, South Korea in August 2023.

Since the COVID-19 Pandemic began, this will be the first time that so many young people from different parts of the world will be gathering together.

The event offers young people the chance to learn a range of new skills that they can then bring back and use in other aspects of their lives.

Attending the World Scout Jamboree will be the culmination of 18 months of work for the young people and their volunteer leaders, who are forming Unit 55 together.

Unit 55 is made up of 36 young people and four leaders from across West Lancashire Scouts, the unit then makes up one part of the UK Contingent.

In preparation for the ‘ROARRRsome’ time ahead, the UK Contingent has adopted a logo featuring a Siberian tiger called ‘Chingu’ which means ‘Friend’ in Korean and is the national animal of Korea.

The theme is Think Big, Dream Wild and Act Together. The Korean hosts have challenged participants to ‘Draw Your Dream’ and as part of their Jamboree journey, they will have the opportunity to discover new cultures as well as take part in activities that have a focus on the environment, skills development, and global development issues.

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Between now and July 2023, the four young people will attend training camps and team building events organised by West Lancashire Scouts, to prepare them to live on the hot and humid site in South Korea.

Abbey (15) from Mungo Park ESU said: “I am looking forward to meeting new people from around the world and making lasting memories. I am also hoping to take away a greater understanding of South Korean cultures and scouting traditions from other countries across the globe.”

Emily (14) from Sea Dogs ESU said: “I am very excited to meet as many new and different people as possible. There are many diverse cultures on the World Scout Jamboree and i am so grateful for the opportunity to explore them!”

William (16) from Mungo Park ESU said: “I’m most looking forward to experiencing a new country and culture, to me. And I hope to have a fantastic and fun time, with all the Scouts from around the world.”

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Lydia (14) from Sea Dogs ESU said: “I am most looking forward to meeting so many new people and making friends for life. I also hope to be able to learn about all the different types of scouting from all over the world.”

World Scout Jamborees only happen every four years and are attended by over 10,000 scouts from across the world. The young people that attend them experience various different cultures, languages, and cuisine all while learning new skills.

After a very difficult two years for everyone including the Scouts, it is extremely important that these young people have this opportunity again. The 2023 Jamboree is being hosted by the Korea Scout Association and is set to be one of the most exciting and biggest ones yet!

To find out more about the Jamboree, visit their website http://prestonscouts.org.uk/events/jamboree/

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