Waipa wins scout’s jamboree bid
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.
Around 3000 scouts are heading to Mystery Creek for the Christmas New Year period 2019-2020.