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Norfolk scouts join 45,000 strong jamboree in West Virginia

PUBLISHED: 15:29 01 August 2019 | UPDATED: 15:34 01 August 2019

Unit 18 meet scouts from Mexico on culture day at the Jamboree at the World Scout Jamboree. Picture: Penny Harris

Unit 18 meet scouts from Mexico on culture day at the Jamboree at the World Scout Jamboree. Picture: Penny Harris

Penny Harris

A group of scouts from Norfolk have travelled to West Virginia to join the World Jamboree.

Members of Unit 18 Iceni at the World Scout Jamboree. Picture: Jo CracknellMembers of Unit 18 Iceni at the World Scout Jamboree. Picture: Jo Cracknell

18 scouts from the Norfolk-based scout group Unit 18 Iceni joined 45,000 scouts from around the world for the 24th World Scout Jamboree.

The group, aged 15-18, explored different cultures with Cultural Celebration Day, where they tried delicacies from different countries, and served tea and biscuits.

The scouts also tried new activities such as kayaking and zip-lining.

Mark Pearson, the Scouts' Suffolk County Commissioner, said: "They're on their second week now. They are in good spirits and having fun."

Sub Camp at sunset with live bands at the World Scout Jamboree. Picture: Penny HarrisSub Camp at sunset with live bands at the World Scout Jamboree. Picture: Penny Harris

As well as physical activities, the scouts have been discussing world issues at a mock UN debate.

Mr Pearson added: "It's all about developing people for the world, teaching skills that will set them up for their career.

"That includes everything from physical activities to meeting new people and understanding world issues"

The scouts have been raising money for the trip a variety of ways, including sponsored events and car washes.

Lunchtime at the campsite at the World Scout Jamboree. Picture: Penny HarrisLunchtime at the campsite at the World Scout Jamboree. Picture: Penny Harris

The Jamboree takes place every four years, with the next event taking place at South Korea.

Unit 18 Iceni members from Norfolk and Suffolk at the World Scout Jamboree. Picture: Penny HarrisUnit 18 Iceni members from Norfolk and Suffolk at the World Scout Jamboree. Picture: Penny Harris

Scouts take part in a whole range of water activities on the lake at the World Scout Jamboree. Picture: Penny HarrisScouts take part in a whole range of water activities on the lake at the World Scout Jamboree. Picture: Penny Harris

Iceni Unit pose at the 24th Jamboree Emblem at the World Scout Jamboree. Picture: Penny HarrisIceni Unit pose at the 24th Jamboree Emblem at the World Scout Jamboree. Picture: Penny Harris

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