Cheshire Scouts go global this summer

Date: 8th Oct 2023 Author: Josh Diamond

Our two Cheshire Units of 36 young people and 4 adult leaders, plus 25 International Service Team (IST) members had an unforgettable experience out in South Korea this Summer, for the 25th World Scout Jamboree, a spectacular showcase of cultural exchange and youth leadership development. Despite the hurdles, Scouts broadened their horizons and showed incredible adaptability while also exploring the cultural heritage of South Korea during the once-in-a-lifetime Jamboree.


World Scout Jamboree 2023

In addition our Explorer Belt Contingent of 60 Explorer Scouts and Scout Network members (9 Explorer Scout Teams, and 4 Network Teams) and their Mentors had an amazing two-week European international expedition this Summer. With teams traveling across Belgium, The Netherlands and Germany. Major projects included: Cultural and culinary diversity; Comparison of public transport systems; How historical events, including World War II have impacted culture, and more.

All Explorer Belt participants will receive their Explorer Belt Awards at Celebrating Success on 5th November. In addition, both our Explorer Belt contingent members and World Scout Jamboree unit members will receive their YouShape Awards which they have gained as part of their programme.

Explorer Belt 2023

There is a great legacy from this Summer with participants articulating the skills they’ve gained in independence, confidence, resilience, organisation, communication and teamwork, with many now inspired toward either their King’s Scout Award, Scouts of the World Award, doing another independent expedition/international travel, and some of whom were keen to volunteer to Mentor future Explorer Belt participants, or join an International Service Team.

Put your phone down and what are you left with? Just teamwork, courage and the skills to succeed.’
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls