After attending the National Boy Scout Jamboree in Summer 2005, Mark K. became interested in attending the World Scout Jamboree in Summer 2007.

The World Scout Jamboree is a gathering of scouts from all the 180 countries in the world that have a scouting program. This summer was the 100th anniversary of scouting, and for that the World Jamboree was held in Chelmsford, Essex, England at Hylands Park. North Carolina sent a troop of 36 boys and 4 leaders from 3 councils. We arrived 3 days before the start of the Jamboree and we toured Windsor and London. We arrived at the Jamboree site on July 27th and within a few hours we turned our small patch of grass into a campsite for 40 people with all our stuff and places to cook and eat, along with 40,000 other Scouts! The Jamboree's focus was to promote tolerance and friendship between scouts from across the world. Every day there were activities planned including 3 offsite days where we did water activities, high adventure activities, and a service project. We all met people from other countries and learned about other cultures. It was very cool to be able to see scouts from places like Israel and Pakistan getting along, and leaving behind the struggles of the world to make friends not judgments. The World Scout Jamboree was truly an amazing experience that showed the power of friendship and how something so simple can bring the whole world together.

The next World Scout Jamboree will be held in Sweden in the summer of 2011, and the next National Scout Jamboree will be Summer of 2010. If you have any questions, or have any interest in attending

a Jamboree, either National or World, please contact me or visit the Websites: and follow the links

Mark K.