Clifford teen at Japan jamboree of world fun

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A Clifford teenager is among 30,000 from around the globe taking part in the 23 World Scout Jamboree in Japan.

Speaking from the event James Dahlgreen, 16, praised it for bringing people together people from 200 countries and the activities on offer.

“We’re making a real impact to the local and international community by getting involved in some great projects,” said James.

“But as well as this we’re making new friends, and taking part in loads of exciting outdoor activities.

“I’m most looking forward to getting out on the water. Scouting rocks.”

James joined 100 Scouts from Yorkshire camping together in a tented-city near Kirara-hama following a spectacular opening ceremony which saw a rainbow of flags from the UK to Brazil, USA to Pakistan and Indonesia to Kenya.

Throughout the event, which involves almost as many young people as the Olympic Games, the thousands of Scouts will have the opportunity to take part in literally hundreds of activities focused on discovering new cultures, the environment, sustainable development and global issues.

The Scouts have been supported throughout their preparations by a dedicated team of adult volunteers.

Chief Scout, Bear Grylls, added: “While lots of people know that Scouting is all about adventure, they often don’t realise that adult volunteers get to do just as much as our young members through their involvement.

“The World Scout Jamboree is a great example of this. Nearly 4,000 Scouts from across the UK are meeting 26,000 others from around the world and taking part in some amazing adventures. That is why I love Scouting so much!”

As well as being a fantastic opportunity for young people, the Jamboree is a chance for adult volunteers to take part in activities, and learn new skills that they can use in other aspects of their lives.

Adult volunteers are needed and can sign up at www.scouts.org.uk.