Last summer, Explorers and leaders from Central Yorkshire Scouts headed to North America for the 24th World Scout Jamboree. Over the last two years, the scouts and leaders took part in rigorous training to prepare for the adventure of a lifetime – to unlock a new world!
The 41 members headed from Leeds United Car park, piled onto a coach and headed to Manchester Airport. Once through customs, the unit set off to New York for their first stop. Prior to the Jamboree, the whole UK Contingent spent a night and a day exploring the sights of New York City – in a heatwave! The Unit wondered the city and saw the sights before heading back onto a coach and setting off to the Jamboree site in West Virginia.
The 24th World Scout Jamboree was held at the Summit Betchel Reserve; a purpose-built site where the Boy Scouts of America hold their National Jamborees. This 11,400-acre site hosts a multitude of activities ranging from shooting to white-water rafting. The unit set up camp, in the pouring rain, and began their Jamboree Experience.
Twelve days of adventurous activities, ceremonies and adventure followed where the unit made life-long, international friendships. The scouts were challenged to push themselves each day, to stay true to themselves and to unlock a new world.
To end, the Unit crossed the boarder and headed to Toronto for three nights with a Canadian Scout Group. Due to unforeseen weather conditions, Unit 28 buddied-up with another Unit and set down in a church hall. Eighty-plus bodies piled into one hall…
The units had time to explore the beautiful city of Toronto and were treated to a lunch on a boat on Lake Ontario by our hosts.
Unit 28 did Central Yorkshire proud. Wetherby District’s members stood out from the crowd and lead the whole experience from the front with grace and dignity. Here’s to the next World Scout Jamboree!