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The rain stopped just in time for 39,000 Scouts from 156 countries to celebrate the opening of the 22nd World Scout Jamboree, but first we helped Bear enjoy an amazing day.

We stayed behind in Copenhagen to allow the UK Contingent to move to the Jamboree site. It was great spending Wednesday morning trying to work whilst enviously watching the Scouts in the streets below making their way to the buses which had poured in from Sweden from 6.30am.

Bear in the airport

We met Bear at the airport as he arrived from a busy filming schedule in New York and before getting back to London for more engagements today.

He spent the afternoon on a whistle-stop tour of the massive site, stopping to chat, for photos and autographs, and was just swept away by the enthusiasm and energy he encountered from young people from across the globe. See video of it here.

Bear was joined by his agent Michael, whose only previous experience of Scouting was as a Cub. He couldn’t get over the experience, describing it as ‘simply awesome’, and how much he felt Scouting has changed.

Weather issues

Our plans were slightly hampered by the appalling weather (heavy rain most of the day) and so the specially commissioned Scout parachute canopy will have to await another occasion. Bear settled for abseiling onto the stage before wowing the 39,000 Scouts gathered and handing over the Jamboree baton to the Swedish organisers.

Down to business today, as I aim to visit all 89 of our Units across the site, along with some meetings with various National Scout Organisations and the World Organisation. At least it’s not raining… yet

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