“Good luck to all you Scouts from Cambridgeshire that are heading to North America! Today you will be travelling 3,800 miles to wild and wonderful West Virginia, USA for the 24th World Scout Jamboree.

It’s been a long journey to get to this stage going back to the selection weekend almost two years ago now. The 45 places for Cambridgeshire were hotly competed for and the training weekends and fund-raising has been intensive. You should all be proud of your achievements.

You are amongst the brightest and best of Cambridgeshire Scouting. Each one of you will be an ambassador for the Scouts, the UK’s largest mixed movement, helping prepare girls and boys with skills for life.

World Scout Jamborees only happen once every four years and tens of thousands of Scouts attend each one. As we have seen recently in Sweden (2011) and Japan (2015), they are an incredible festival of peace, friendship and adventure.

You will make friends for life with people from over 150 countries, experience different food, language and culture while learning new skills. It will be the journey of a lifetime.

The 2019 Jamboree, jointly hosted by the USA, Canada and Mexico, is set to be the biggest and most exciting yet. The theme ‘Unlock a new world’ is relevant and meaningful – focussing especially on how we create a sustainable world together for the future.

I would like to thank the Unit leaders, Glen, Milly, Helen and Chris (Unit 10), Sam (Unit 17) and Mark, staying back in the UK this time in support. Unit 17 is teaming up with Hertfordshire and Essex Scouts, Sam, please extend my best wishes to your contingent leader, Mark Catto and the other leaders.

These volunteers are all busy people with other Scouting roles, careers and families. Thank you for your excellent leadership over the past two years and for motivating and inspiring this group of young people to really make the most of the Jamboree experience.

I am so proud of you all and I want to wish every single one of you good luck and safe travels.

Scouts in history have done great things. Remember, as we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Lunar Landing, it was Eagle Scout Neil Armstrong that made that “one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind”

I look forward to hearing about your “giant leap” when you return, and to you helping inspire the younger sections to want to “go global” too.”

Chris Ward, County Commissioner

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