The adventure has continued for the 45 young people, plus adults, who have enjoyed meeting 45,000 of their scouting family from across the world.
As well as learning about scouting and culture for countries across the globe there have been amazing activities (such as rafting and climbing to scuba lessons and doing 32 miles an hour on the zip wire!), inspiration for fulfilling our founder’s request to “leave this world a little better than we found it” from people such as Bank Ki-Moon, awesome entertainment and ceremonies, being on news back in the UK and even a chance to ask questions of a fellow leader as he floats around the world on the Space Station in his role as a NASA astronaut.
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Enjoy this update from Owen
“Yesterday was the final day of activities at the Jamboree and I was selected to go white water river rafting on the New River. The name of the river is rather ironic considering it is one of the oldest rivers in the world. I am afraid I don’t have any photos of the rafting as I wasn’t brave enough to risk taking my GoPro on with me, so I will try and explain it instead. The rafts had 10 people on, 9 participants and 1 guide. The river and its surroundings were magical; the river banks were covered with thick green forest and occasionally you would hear a coal freight train go past. Despite the fact we were rafting, we spent more time in the river swimming. We were heading downstream so it was more like bobbing along the river in your lifejacket. There were parts when I just floated on my back enjoying the peacefulness and tranquillity of the surroundings, away from the busyness of the Jamboree. It was a wonderful activity to finish the Jamboree with.
Yesterday evening saw the Jamboree being officially closed at the closing ceremony. The ceremony had inspirational speeches by members of the UN and WOSM (World Organisation of the Scout Movement) (on issues such as climate change), a live music performance (by Pentatonix), a light silhouette dance performance, and a spectacular 15 minute firework, laser and flame thrower display. It was the best display I have ever seen.
We departed the Jamboree site this morning at 0720 after getting up at 0400 and have just arrived at our next stop: Maryland University in Washington DC.”
More to follow as they explore Washington and then head to Canada!