Harrogate jamboree welcomes more than 6,500 scouts

  1. May 8, 2015 8:01 am

Like all good scouts, Harrogate thankfully knew to ‘be prepared’ this weekend, as more than 6,500 scouts arrived for a huge triennial event. Scouts, cubs, beavers and adult volunteers all got together over the weekend at Harrogate Event Centre at the Great Yorkshire Showground, doing the traditional sing-songs around the camp fire, and a lot more besides.

There were also over 300 activities to get stuck into over four season-themed zones. The scouting community dove headfirst into these challenges, which included everything from zorbing to abseiling, climbing, go-karting, archery and crafts.


These activities ensured a weekend to remember, full of fun, thrills and excitement. The abseil was 50 metres down a viaduct next to the event site, something the kids involved are unlikely to forget quickly – as well as any adults who took on the challenge!

West Yorkshire Scouts media relations officer Simon Daley commented on the continuing relevance of the scouting movement:

“The movement is thriving and has grown this year across Yorkshire.

“The county’s membership has grown two-fold. We are youth focused and offer opportunities that young people are after, and we are led by them.

“We have recently introduced a whole new spectrum of badges for healthy eating and outdoor activities - even in PR.”

Scouts seems ready to take on the 21st century it would seem, and from Mr Daley’s comments and the numbers who attended the Harrogate jamboree it looks like scouts will be around for some time to come.

Do you think the scouting movement is something to be celebrated? Is it a good thing for our kids to get into, or do you think it’s a little old hat, despite its efforts to stay up to date? Let us know your thoughts.

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