Scouts enjoy Jurassic Jamboree

MEMBERS of the 1st Charmouth Scouts joined 1,500 others from around the world to take part in a week-long Jurassic Jamboree camp at Kingston Maurward College during August.

Here they were able to spend seven days completing a very wide variety of activities on and off-site.

As part of their role within the jamboree, the Charmouth Scouts offered to host a contingent of 10 German Scouts, who camped and ate with them in their sub-camp. This added a truly international dimension to the whole Scout jamboree experience.

One of the key activities was a day trip to Brownsea Island to see the site where Lord Robert Baden Powell held the very first Scout Camp in 1907. As this was where Scouting all started, it seemed an appropriate place for the Charmouth Scouts to invest three new members into their troop.

Another day was spent on a ‘Monopoly-Run’ type activity, in which teams had to take pictures of key landmarks in both Dorchester and Weymouth. In addition to planning their route, each team had to consult their bus timetable to ensure they got around the course and back to the campsite before their allotted deadline.

Other activities included riding a zip wire, climbing ‘Jacob’s Ladder’ in the rain, crate staking, laser-tag, indoor caving, archery and shelter building.

During the week after the jamboree, the German Scouts based themselves in the 1st Charmouth HQ and put on a traditional Swabian banquet to thank the troop for its help and hospitality.

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