Scouts and guides join Swedish Jamboree

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IT’S been a busy summer for Scouts and Girl Guides in Rugby after they joined thousands of others from across the world in Sweden for the World Scout Jamboree.

The Warwickshire continigent was also visited by Chief Scout Bear Grylls, who accompanied them on activities for a day. Groups from Rugby who travelled to the jamboree in Rinkaby included the Girl Guides and 9th Rugby Scout group.

Also from Rugby were scout leaders David Norton and John Walsh, who represented the UK as part of the International Service Team (IST) which helped organise the activities.

The Girl Guides raised £2,000 themselves for the once in a lifetime trip meanwhile 9th Rugby scout group raised the £6,000 required for the trip.

Girl Guide leader, Dawn Clutton, said: “The girls were selected in November 2009 and have been required to raise the entire cost of almost £2,000 themselves. They’ve worked very hard to achieve this through various fundraising activities including table top sales, bag packing and washing golf clubs.”

Mick Pearson, 9th Rugby scout leader, said despite some bad weather, the memories of the trip would last a lifetime.

“During our two weeks away we camped with Scouts from various countries and took part in hikes and sailing trips.

“They had to cope with some of the worse rain that they had seen in 35 years for the first three days but they all cheered up when the sun came out for the rest of the trip.

“The Scouts worked hard to fund raise the £6,000 required for the trip and would like to thank the people of Rugby for there generosity.

“The memories of this camp will last a life time.”