The 24th World Scout Jamboree is just 100 days away from coming to the Summit Bechtel Reserve right in the mountain state.
On Thursday, April 11, scout leaders from all over the globe came together to prepare for what is considered the Olympics for the scouting world. Participants, between the ages of 14 and 17, only get one chance to attend the world jamboree in their life. It is the largest outdoor educational event organized by the scout movement.
The event gathers as many as 50,000 scouts and leaders every four years. The last World Scout Jamboree that was held in the United State was back in 1967. The event has grown since then;169 countries will be attending this year’s event, representing their unique cultures. What else is so unique about this years jamboree is that Canada, Mexico and America are teaming up as co-hosts.
Mexican scout leader, Grecia Barcena, said her scouts are beyond excited.
“They can not wait, I mean most of them have been waiting around two and a half years, which is the time they have been saving and promoting in the country. So they are counting down everyday like it’s one day less, one day less. So, they are excited to know people, to have new friends, to understand how international scouting works and come share it in this amazing place,” Barcena said.
The scout movement is based on bringing people together of different background. Co-chair of this year’s jamboree, Scott Sorrels, said it is all about the positive message they are trying to promote.
“What makes us different actually brings us together, so that is a large part of what we are trying to do with the jamboree,” Sorrels said.
They are hoping once it is all said and done, these scouts will have long lasting memories and relationships. Ireland scout leader, Kiernan Cody, said he is excited for his scouts.
“Just getting to know people from around the world creating a bond between the United States and Ireland there is a huge bond there before, but just building on that bond, making good friendships and bringing those home,” Cody said.
Scout leaders will return home this Sunday and prepare their scouts for the time of their lives.
The 24th World Scout Jamboree will go from July 22 – August 3.