Harrogate: 6,500 scouts gather for jamboree

Non-traditional  scout activities like abseiling proved popular at the mass jamboree.
Non-traditional scout activities like abseiling proved popular at the mass jamboree.
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IF anyone knows how to ‘be prepared’, it’s the scouts.

So a jamboree of 6,500 was no problem as the region’s packs gathered in force at a major triennial get-together in Harrogate over the bank holiday.

There were plenty of campfires and singsongs, but such traditional pursuits associated with the Scouts movement were complemented by daredevil activities, from zorbing to abseiling,

In what was described as the biggest event in Yorkshire’s recent Scouting history, more than 6,500 Scouts - aged from five to as senior as 80 - from all over West Yorkshire camped over at Harrogate Event Centre on the Great Yorkshire Showground.

Some 300 activities were laid on for participants over three days, including a 50-metre abseil down the viaduct located next to the extensive showground site.

Simon Daley, media relations officer for West Yorkshire Scouts, said the Scouting movement remained as relevant as ever.

“The movement is thriving and has grown this year across Yorkshire,” he said. “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.”

The bank holiday get-together was the second occasion the event had taken place in Harrogate following a successful inaugural meet up in 2012. Mr Daley said this year’s event - which concluded yesterday - was the third largest Scouts event of its kind in the country.

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