Waipa wins scout’s jam­boree bid

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Waipa has won the rights to host the 22nd Scout Jam­boree at Mys­tery Creek over Christ­mas and New Year of 2019-2020.

Waipa was suc­cess­ful in its bid ahead of four oth­ers for the jam­boree.

Waipa mayor Jim Mylchreest was ex­cited at the prospect of 3000-plus young peo­ple com­ing to en­joy what was on of­fer.

‘‘We’re for­tu­nate to be si­t­u­ated in the heart of the coun­try. Waipa has so many ac­tiv­i­ties and ac­tion to of­fer the troops and it’s all so close.

‘‘We’re sure lo­cal busi­nesses will be ex­cited to be a part of the vis­i­tor ex­pe­ri­ence come 2019.’’

Jam­boree di­rec­tor, Guy Beat­son, said Mys­tery Creek pro­vided space to run a wide range of ex­cit­ing on-site ac­tiv­i­ties.

‘‘Plan­ning for the jam­boree is a three year ac­tiv­ity for our vol­un­teer team,’’ said Beat­son.

There is also great sup­port from the Waipa district, Waikato district and Hamil­ton city coun­cils, along­side New Zealand Na­tional Fiel­d­ays which will work with the jam­boree team to de­velop and stage ac­tiv­i­ties.

Scouts New Zealand sup­ported 15,000 young­sters in al­most 400 com­mu­ni­ties. The na­tional pro­gramme fo­cused on the out­doors, com­mu­nity and per­sonal de­vel­op­ment.

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Around 3000 scouts are head­ing to Mys­tery Creek for the Christ­mas New Year pe­riod 2019-2020.

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