Fully pre­pared – for a week of fun!

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - 39 Countries At Scouts Jamboree -

There was a fes­ti­val feel to the fi­nale of the week-long Kent In­ter­na­tional Scout Jam­boree, which drew to a close on Friday.

With Scouts from 39 coun­tries in at­ten­dance at the County Show­ground, Detling, they gath­ered into ge­o­graph­i­cal re­gions – Europe, Amer­ica and Asia – to present a flavour of their own cul­tures to the other Scouts with songs, danc­ing and food from home.

Later there were stage per­for­mances, with El­lie Osen­ton from the 7th Hal­stead Scout Group, who had won a Scouts Got Tal­ent com­pe­ti­tion ear­lier in the week, asked to reprise her song be­fore a 6,000-strong au­di­ence.

She was fol­lowed by head­lin­ers The Tal­ent and a fire­works dis­play.

The day was the con­clu­sion of a packed week which gave Scouts a chance to try a range of ac­tiv­i­ties from zip­wires and high ropes, to a bag-drop and as­sault course; from quad-bik­ing and of­froad­ing, to wind­surf­ing and kayak­ing; from wood-turn­ing and glass etch­ing to sci­en­tific ex­per­i­ments and ice-skat­ing.

Along the way, guests were treated to the full gamut of the Bri­tish summer from a heavy down­pour on the first day to bril­liant sun­shine.

As­sis­tant com­mis­sioner Si­mon Cor­ri­gan said: “The change­able weather never damp­ened their en­thu­si­asm; af­ter all, be­ing Scouts, they had come pre­pared.”

The four-yearly event was a huge ex­er­cise in or­gan­i­sa­tion and af­ter the Scouts had fi­nally packed up and gone home on Satur­day, the 500-plus adult vol­un­teers who had run the ac­tiv­i­ties for them were fi­nally able to re­lax with a party of their own.

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Ash­ford Crown Guides take shel­ter from the rain in their tent

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Some of the 2nd Ten­ter­den Scouts at the in­ter­na­tional jam­boree

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The 1st Brabourne and Smeeth Guides

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No short­age of vol­un­teers to try the climb­ing wall

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The 1st Cheri­ton Scouts

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Fun on the kart­ing track

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