Area Scouts Off To Sweden Jamboree

Bailey & Connor

On July 27 the fields of Rinkaby, Sweden will be transformed into a hustling, bustling city of 38,000, as Scouts from across the world gather for the 22nd World Scout Jamboree.  Scouting representatives from 150 countries around the world will be on hand to celebrate “Simply Scouting.”  Among those participants will be an enthusiastic team of Venturer Scouts from the Burlington and Waterdown communities.  A group of 17 Venturer Scouts and 4 leaders made up of Scouting members from 15th Burlington, 31st Burlington, 3rd Aldershot, and 3rd Waterdown will join 401 participants from across Canada as part of the Canadian Contingent to the event. 

The group departs for the trip Friday, July 22.  The Canadian Contingent will be stopping in Frankfurt, Germany first for a few days of sightseeing, before heading to the Jamboree site later in the week. 

Every four years, tens of thousands of Scouts from every corner of the world gather for two weeks in a tented city for the adventure of a lifetime. First organized in 1920 by Scouting founder Robert Baden-Powell to foster worldwide brotherhood in the same way as the Olympic Games, the World Scout Jamboree has grown into a unique international peace camp for youth from different countries to meet across geographical, religious, and cultural borders. Jamboree participants take part in a multitude of activities and adventures and receive extensive leadership training and tools for contributing to a better society in their home communities. 

This is the Burlington Area’s largest contingent to the international event in decades. 

The trip is costing about $4500 per person and the group has been organizing several fundraisers to help with the expense over the past year including bottle drives, maple syrup sales, fundraising nights at Chapters, Boston Pizza and Kelsey’s, and working on the Eco team at the Sound of Music Festival.

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