Somershire WSJ unit getting ready for the trip of a lifetime

Date: 30th Jun 2019 Author: Rob Cash

Somershire is a joint Jamboree unit with made up of 27 Somerset Scouts and 9 Wiltshire Scouts and together they will be heading out to join 45,000 other Scouts in North America for an amazing three weeks at the World Scout Jamboree. The jamboree unit have now met for the last time before they head off to America in 19 days’ time.

Since being selected back in March 2018, the unit have had eight training camps which has taught them a number of skills required for living away from home for an extended period of time and skills that can be useful for later life! A few examples of what the unit members have spent some time learning are:

  • How to wash their own clothes by hand,
  • cooking a tasty meal (that’s not spaghetti bolognaise) for a large number of people, 
  • and how to engage with ‘friends you just don’t know yet’ (strangers). 

The participants all really enjoyed being invited to join local Scouting families during our fourth training camp.  This was a surprise for the unit aimed at getting them to think about how to act when visiting other units on site, or during our Hosted Hospitality experience. 

With their last camp being so close to the leaving date, all the important training has already been done, so this camp focused on a few last bits of important information, such as going through their timeline and learning a bit about how to play baseball (so they have a chance of understanding what is going on when watching Baltimore Orioles vs Toronto Blue Jays!).  They even managed to find time during the camp to have a go on the assault course at Woodhouse Park and have a quick chat with a camera! 

As you can image they are buzzing for their nearing adventure and can’t wait to share more of our stories with you on their return.  

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Put your phone down and what are you left with? Just teamwork, courage and the skills to succeed.’
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls