Nine youth from South Surrey, Cloverdale and Aldergrove will be leaving July 22 for the 22nd World Scout Jamboree in Rinkaby, Sweden.
For two weeks, Zachary Dallas, Quinten Dreise, David Thompson, Liam Ross, Jules Ross, Parker Simpson, Liam Herring, Jessica McInnis and Derek Barker will be camping in an immense field surrounded by trees and woodlands with 38,000 other Scouts from around the world.
The theme for the July 27-Aug. 8 event is ‘simply scouting,’ and participants are encouraged to meet with those from different cultures, religions, countries and contingents; use the outdoor environment to learn about nature’s vulnerability and how individuals can better protect it; and unite with Scouts of all ages.
Scouts Canada will be sending more than 400 Canadian youth to the 22nd World Jamboree in Sweden, July 28 to August 6, and Scouts from the Aldergrove area will travel nearly 7,000 kms. across the Atlantic to experience this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
Jamborees in the Scouting world are legendary. Occurring only once every four years, it’s a massive gathering of Scouting youth.
The World Jamboree is the largest international scout camp of its kind, welcoming 40,000 youth from all corners of the world for 10 days of new experiences and adventure, new languages, and new cultures.
It brings together Scouts from around the world to celebrate the values of Scouting, experience nature and culture together and provide them with the opportunity to think and reflect on how the world works.
Attendees meet new friends, get to know each other’s cultures and participate in the camp’s many activities – environmental experiences, amusement park, a cultural festival, outdoor activities and recreation, and more.
The Aldergrove participants raised nearly $5,000 to get there.