Hampshire scouts head to Jamboree in Sweden

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DOZENS of youngsters from this area joined 4,000 Scouts from across the UK and 34,000 from countries worldwide for two weeks of fun and adventure.

The 22nd World Scout Jamboree in Sweden earlier this month was visited by 36 local boys and girls aged between 14 and 18 who took part in outdoor activities and team-building exercises.

Sonnie Emeney, 16, from Portsmouth’s Pirate Explorer Scout Unit, said: ‘There’s so many of us the camp is bigger than an average-sized Swedish city.

‘It’s not every day you can walk from tent to tent and enter a different country to learn about its culture and traditions. I don’t want to go home and I’ll never forget the jamboree.’

Chief Scout Bear Grylls, said: ‘Over the course of the jamboree Scouts met people from around the world, took part in amazing adventures and experiences and were challenged to think about global issues in a new light.

‘That is why Scouting is one of the greatest youth movements on earth and why I am so proud to be part of it.’