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Chief Commissioner's Blog | The best role in the UK!

Spending time with Scouts at the World Scout Jamboree in Japan has not only been an opportunity to show off the successes of UK Scouts, but also to meet and learn from Scouts around the world.

Where to start!

Having criss-crossed the UK last week,  on Thursday I headed off to Yamaguchi, Japan, where 35,000 Scouts from almost every country in the world have gathered for the 23rd World Scout Jamboree (you can learn more and check out live webcams here).

Along with Dan Wood, International Commissioner, I joined 2,700 Explorer Scouts from across the UK including our overseas branches who  are enjoying the experience of a lifetime along with 300 of their leaders and a further 1,000 adult volunteers who are there to help run the event for four days.

It was a great opportunity to meet so many people from across the Movement, as well as a chance to meet other National Scout Organisation’s (NSOs) leaders etc. and other partners.

You can find out about what I got up to whilst I was there, and much more, by listening to my interview with the guys from Scout Radio who were doing some interviews in between their shifts as members of the IST!

English seaside, in Japan!

It is also an opportunity to showcase UK Scouting to members from other NSOs and the many thousands of day visitors. The team came up with a brilliant seaside theme, complete with large deckchair, which became a great photo point, sand pit, live Punch and Judy show, candy floss and rock of course!  More importantly (honest), it ensured that the UK provided an eye catching attraction for people to come and learn about why Scouting in the UK is so successful presently. Another great success.

The most amazing role

People sometimes look at me a little strangely when I describe my role as the most amazing in UK Scouting, but the past 10 days combining visits to events large and small, and the chance to interact with so many people, reaffirms just what an amazing organisation we are, and what a privilege it is to be able to represent it and meet so many wonderful people.



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