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Scouts' international jamboree success

PUBLISHED: 11:51 06 August 2009 | UPDATED: 17:00 25 August 2010

HIGH ON LIFE: A scout scales a climbing wall at the super-camp.

HIGH ON LIFE: A scout scales a climbing wall at the super-camp.

SOME 2,000 scouts and guides from around the world have spent seven days at an international jamboree. Divisions from Bexley, Orpington, Erith and north Kent joined their counterparts from the USA, India, Nigeria and Europe for a celebration of scouting

HONOUR: A veteran scout surveys a wall of badges.

SOME 2,000 scouts and guides from around the world have spent seven days at an international jamboree.

Divisions from Bexley, Orpington, Erith and north Kent joined their counterparts from the USA, India, Nigeria and Europe for a celebration of scouting at Cudham, Sevenoaks.

The event, which ends at Shaws Campsite Thursday, August 6, took three years to plan and cost £250,000.

Visitors were treated to high-wire activities including a 'leap of faith' into netting from 25ft, sub-aqua, canoeing, laser quest, sailing and yachting off camp, and crafts from across the world.

Steve Pursey, district commissioner for Swanley, said it was breathtaking to see hundreds of tents whilst feedback from scouts was that they were "blown away" by the breadth of activities and atmosphere.

Mr Pursey said: "It was an awesome sight, just spectacular. One morning there was a leader from India who had people join him in a yoga session at 6.30am, the sun was coming up.

"The atmosphere has been very special. It's six years since our last international jamboree and the reason scouts and guides come back is it has a family feel.

"Kent scout movement should be proud of what they have put on this week."

The campsite was split into four sub-camps, each with a theme spelling out Kent: knowledge, environment, nationality and

tolerance.

Scouts aged between nine and 18 from 27 countries took part in the week-long jamboree. For details, visit www.kentscouts.org.uk.

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