Fully prepared – for a week of fun!
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.
Ashford Crown Guides take shelter from the rain in their tent
Some of the 2nd Tenterden Scouts at the international jamboree
The 1st Brabourne and Smeeth Guides
No shortage of volunteers to try the climbing wall
The 1st Cheriton Scouts
Fun on the karting track