Chief Commissioner’s blog| Global Scouting on our doorstep
Wayne’s spending a busy week visiting international camps taking place across the UK from Cornwall to Scotland and Northern Ireland to Lincoln. Each is a little different but all provide amazing examples of Scouting at its very best.
I’m certainly testing my knowledge of the UK’s regional airports, not to mention car rental depots. This week I’ve been lucky enough to join 25,000 Scouts and Guides, including visitors from over 40 countries, experiencing the very best of what Scouting has to offer.
Plenty of good ideas shared
Good ideas travel fast, with many of the camps developing the ‘camp in camp’ theme from the Swedish Jamboree. This gives participants the opportunity to spend 24 hours away from their tents, often doing the increasingly popular bush craft and backwoods experiences. Poacher 2013 took it a step further and offered six themes from shipwreck to plane crash scenarios.
Tried and tested ideas refreshed
Everyday adventure is not just about adrenaline activities, so it’s great to see the continuing popularity of the craft tents and activities. Scouting’s birthday, 1 August, was also a great day to announce the first winners in the UK Bright Sparks competition, so a very big congratulations to the winners.
Clearly, the popularity of talent shows at international camps bodes well for future Bright Sparks entries too.
Global awareness brought home
As we know, international camps are not just about fun and adventure. Meeting Scouts and Guides from across the UK and the world allows young people to explore other cultures. The global development programme areas provide opportunities to help them understand that not all is rosy in our world.
Good to show off a little too
At Kent International Jamboree, I joined key local influencers for a couple of receptions. With 6,000 on site, they were all totally amazed by the size of the event and its fantastic atmosphere (despite the weather). They were even more amazed to understand that it was organised and run by people paying for the privilege of being there!
Many thanks to everybody involved in offering great opportunities like these for young people across the UK this summer. Read more about the power and importance of this next week.