Local Scouts at Blair Atholl International

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SCOUTS from the Arbroath and Montrose District have been taking part in the Blair Atholl International Scout Patrol Jamborette.

Scottish Scouts have welcomed 18 international Scouting contingents to the two-week camp in the grounds surrounding Blair Castle, near Blair Atholl.

Scouts from countries including South Africa, Gibraltar, Brazil, Hong Kong, Spain, Austria, The Netherlands, Finland, Canada, USA, Sweden, Norway, Ireland, Russia, and Wales as well as a contingent from Japan who were victims of the recent tsunami, and who have been financially supported by Scouts from Fife.

The jamborette held every two years, is the only of its kind in the world and is an outstanding opportunity for young people from different countries to meet, befriend and learn from others as they camp and participate together in a range of adventurous and culturally diverse activities. Scouts from each of Scotland’s 53 Districts are attending.

There are 115 activities at the Blair Atholl camp include canyoning, 24-hour hikes, mountain and river rescue training, Canadian American craftwork, and an interactive refugee experience to highlight awareness of global development issues. After the camp, which finished on Friday, the international Scouts stay for a few days in the homes of some 200 Scottish families including families in Arbroath and Montrose. Many will attend the Scout District family barbecue at Arbroath on Sunday.