Heathfield Scout takes part in once in a lifetime Scout Skills Festival in West Virginia

1st August

Finaly Roberts is one of 5,000 Scouts from the UK taking part in the 24th World Scout Jamboree in West Virginia.

Finlay Roberts at the World Scout Jamboree Festival

Finlay, 16, will join 40,000 others taking part in this skills and adventure festival. He will meet 45,000 Scouts from almost every country in the world – sharing his skills while enjoying adventures in this picturesque part of North America.

The Jamboree offers young people the chance to learn new skills that they can use in other aspects of their life. Finlay has been trying his hand at a range of activities and meeting lots of new people.

Finlay explains: “I have experienced the cultures of Scotland, Brazil and Poland to name a few. It’s surprising how different the cultures are, especially Scotland compared to our own. Whilst learning about these cultures I also got to try lots of new food, including polish tea.

“The culture day has really helped me open my eyes and shown me how diverse and stunning our world is.”

The World Scout Jamboree is the culmination of two years of work by the leaders. This has involved camps and team building events to prepare the young people to live on a humid site in West Virginia.

Scouts from across the world at the opening of the Festival

The event was opened by UK Chief Scout Bear Grylls, who said: “World Scout Jamborees only happen every four years and tens of thousands of Scouts attend each one. They are incredible festivals of peace, friendship and adventure. Young people will make friends for life with others from over 150 countries and experience different foods, languages and cultures. It will be the journey of a lifetime. 

Bear Grylls accompanying Scouts at the Festival

“The 2019 Jamboree, jointly hosted by the USA, Canada and Mexico, is set to be one of the biggest and most exciting yet. The theme is ‘Unlock a new world’ and will focus on how we can create a sustainable world together.”

This year’s event takes place from 23rd July to 2nd August, and more than £14 million pounds has been raised to attend the event.

Scouts helps young people, both boys and girls, enjoy fun adventures whilst developing key life skills.

For more information about the Scouts, please visit their website https://scouts.org.uk/home/