On Top of the World

2nd March 2011

Four students have been selected to take part in the 22nd World Scout Jamboree in Sweden this summer.

Marianna Zalewski. 16, Alex Kirkpatrick, 15, and 14-year-olds Josh Clarke and Gavin Ward say they are “counting the hours” until they take part in the adventure of a lifetime as part of the Kent team.

Marianna is a young leader at the Ist St Peter’s Sea Scouts, Alex is representing the Broadstairs Explorers unit, while Josh is from Holy Trinity Sea Scouts, and Gavin is with St Lawrence Explorers. 

The World Scout Jamboree happens every four years in a different country of the world, and is a worldwide gathering of Scouts from nearly 200 countries, more countries than the Olympics!

The 32,000 young people and adults will live in tents on sub-camps in southern Sweden near the city of Kristianstad. For two weeks from July 27 they will take part in a wide variety of activities with Scouts from other countries and cultures.  

The theme for the Jamboree is Simply Scouting and the organisers say: “This is the experience of Scouting in all its variety with a fantastic quality programme of activities for all. This is a modern approach to tackling today's issues in society. Throughout the camp and in every moment of daily life, Scouts will develop new skills and share their knowledge and experiences whilst working towards greater international understanding.”

In the days before the jamboree, the Scouts will spend time exploring Copenhagen; after the event they will spend five days living with the family of a fellow Scout.

The cost of the jamboree for the team is £2,250 each and they have received sponsorship and donations, as well as carrying out a range of fund raising activities that have so far included baking cakes for sale, quiz nights and a sponsored hike. 

Thanet District Scout Council has also been presented with a total of £1,000 from two of the school’s old boys’ groups to help with funding the trip to Sweden. The groups believe that the jamboree is important as it helps with personal growth and development, encourages teambuilding and widens horizons.

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