Kenilworth teen among 36 Warwickshire scouts headed to USA for World Scout Jamboree

Warwickshire scouts in the airport as they prepare to leave for the World Scout Jamboree in the US
Warwickshire scouts in the airport as they prepare to leave for the World Scout Jamboree in the US

Bethany Ellis from Kennilworth is one of a unit of 36 Warwickshire Scouts who flew from Heathrow to the World Scout Jamboree in North America.

The Warwickshire Scouts will join 5,000 others from across the UK, and 40,000 more from nearly every country in the world, for two weeks of activities and skills development, while – best of all – making new friends at one of the the most truly international events on the planet.

The UK Scouts flew to New York for 24 hours in the Big Apple.

The World Scout Jamboree includes opportunities for scouts to learn new skills with other young people from across the globe. They will experience high adventure in a community of new residents from nearly every country in the world.

Bethany, aged 14 one of the youngest participants, said: "This is awesome. The airport is full of scouts all in uniform and carrying their red and blue bags. And we haven’t left the UK yet. I can’t wait to get there and meet other scouts from all over the world and make new friends.

"I am particularly looking forward to meeting some Swedish Scouts as I am going to Sweden after the Jamboree. I also want to try new activities, especially the zip wire – the longest one in the world."

As well as being a fantastic opportunity for young people, the event is an amazing chance for adult volunteers to take part in activities and learn new skills that they can use in other aspects of their life.

Chief Scout Bear Grylls said: "Scouts from Warwickshire are travelling 3,800 miles to wild and wonderful West Virginia, USA for the 24th World Scout Jamboree. These are some of our brightest and best and every one of them will be an ambassador for the Scouts, the UK’s largest mixed movement, helping prepare girls and boys with skills for life.

"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 people from over 150 countries, experience different food, language and culture while learning new skills. It will be the journey of a lifetime.

"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” – focusing especially on how we can create a sustainable world together."