Local Scouts at international event

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SCOUTS from Arbroath are attending the Blair Atholl International Scout Patrol Jamborette.

Scottish Scouts from across the county have welcomed 18 international Scouting contingents to the two-week camp taking place on the grounds surrounding the famous Blair Atholl Castle near Pitlochry.

Countries represented include South Africa, Gibraltar, Brazil, Hong Kong, Spain, Austria, The Netherlands, Finland, Canada, USA, Sweden, Norway, Ireland, Russia, and Wales. There is also a contingent from Japan, who were victims of the recent tsunami.

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 each other as they camp and participate together in a range of adventurous and culturally diverse activities.

Scouts from every one of Scotland’s 53 districts are attending, giving them the opportunity to meet a wide range of colleagues from all over the globe.

There are 115 activities at the Blair Atholl camp this year which 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 finishes today (Friday) the international Scouts will stay for a few days in the homes of some 200 Scottish families including families in Arbroath. Many of the guests staying locally will be going to the Scout District family barbecue at the Keptie Scout Centre on Sunday.