“An amazing time, with memories that will last a lifetime”, “A fantastic experience”, “Thank you for a great trip” were just three of the comments received from this amazing Danish Jamboree!
Earlier in the summer, a party of 19 Scouts and Leaders from the 44th Norwich Group went across the water where 37,000 Danish and international Scouts and Suides were gathered in Sønderborg at Denmark’s largest Jamboree. It was called the ‘Spejdernes Lejr’ (https://spejderneslejr.dk/en) and lasted 9 days.
The trip itself took 2 years to plan and prepare for culminating in a hive of excitement towards the end of the school term.
The trip was a great success and allowed the 44th to experience scouting abroad and to see another country with their different style of scouting.
Hosted at Spejdernes Lejr by the Sct. Clemens Gruppe of scouts, from Randers in Denmark who were extremely hospitable with both groups getting along really well. The young people camped, shared tents and worked in joint patrols together.
Many lasting friendships have been made and there are hopes to host the Sct. Clemens scouts on a return trip to England.
The Jamboree was enormous, bigger than most have ever attended and there was a fantastic range of activities on offer.
The scouts enjoyed, amongst other things, an overnight expedition, rafting, gourmet campfire cookery, a science show, a video-game competition and ‘the Beast’ (the world’s largest bouncy castle)!
On the way home a visit to Legoland in Billund was in order before hiking back to the airport for the return flight.
The ‘back to basics’ approach of Scandinavian scouting, campfire cooking and hand built camp equipment from scratch, was thoroughly enjoyed by all and the scouts learned a great deal from their Danish hosts.
You can read more about this amazing trip over on their Facebook page