Hey I’m Tia and I am going to the world scout jamboree later this year! I am part of unit 33 which consists of North Yorkshire and Durham scouts and explorers!
There are only 100 units in the uk contingent. The world scout jamboree will take place in West Virginia on the 22nd of July till the 3rd of August, however Unit 33 will take the coach to Glasgow on the 19th of July to be in NYC for the 20th.
We have 24 hours to explore New York City. Then on the 21st we stay in Morgantown which is a 3 hour coach journey and then again stay the night. On the 22nd we take the coach from Morgantown to the Jamboree!!!!!
We spend 12 amazing days experiencing different cultures and see how other scouts dress and how their sessions run in their country. After the jamboree we go to our big city experience which is in Washington D.C, we spend 3 days exploring the capital and hopefully watch a baseball game that the UK contingent will organise for us. After the big city experience it’s time for the hosted hospitality which is in CANADA!! Where in Canada we won’t know until may because the uk contingent need to organise where each unit is staying and which Canadian scout group will take us. We again spend 3 days in Canada and the scout group who will then take us will give us a tour of the city and show us how they run their troop. Then we fly home on the 9th of august. Between now and the jamboree unit 33 are having unit camps and are selling badges as part of the fundraising.
With another 2 open events taking place in June our number of new members in Darlington is rapidly growing. First came 14th Darlington (St Andrews) who opened their doors and put on a fantastic open event. With the weather on our side and a carousel of exciting activities the 30 new young people who turned up had a great time. So much so that we saw 19 of them again the following week – despite the clash of timings with the first England game of the World Cup! Thanks to Tony and the team at 14th Darlington (St Andrews) for their hard work.
We are well under way in opening new provision in Skerne Park. Week 1 saw 120 young people aged between 6-14 giving Scouts a go. By week 3 we still have 90 young people attending. Week 4 will see the session times alter, allowing Beavers, Cubs and Scouts to all meet separately. We have around 10 adults who will be joining the movement to support with the new group. Watch this space to find out the group name……….
Thanks so much to Sandra Bower for your amazing work with this new provision, your time, experience and knowledge has enabled these 90 young people to join the Scout movement and start their own adventures.
If anyone would like get involved in the Youth Investment project, please do get in touch. There is still plenty more exciting adventures to come and more opportunities to create; allowing more young people to experience the joys of Scouting.