Three of our Explorers were lucky enough to be given places at the most recent international World Scout Jamboree. This was held in the US and Canada for three weeks over the summer and attended by over 50,000 Scouts from across the globe. 1st Hinchley Wood was represented in all three Surrey contingents by Will Cruddas, Sonny Cruickshank and Tom Branney.
The boys spent an awesome 10 days on the Jamboree Site in West Virginia where Bear Grylls abseiled into the Opening Ceremony and Ban Ki-Moon (8th Secretary General of the United Nations) addressed the audience.
Activities included mountain biking, skateboarding, white water rafting, scuba diving and paddle boarding. Highlights included one of the longest zip wires in the world, which some of the boys queued to get on from 2am!! The boys got to meet Scouts from many different countries, exchanging badges and sharing meals together. The trip also included visits to New York City and Washington DC.
The entire UK contingent of 4,000 Scouts got to see a Baseball match between Baltimore Orioles and the Toronto Blue Jays which was followed by a long journey across the border where the Canadian Scouts welcomed the 4,000 Brits. From Canada the Scouts were able to visit Niagara Falls – an amazing end to an epic adventure.