Over 1700 Scouts from all over Scotland, the UK and the world will travel to Blair Atholl in Perthshire, to take part in the 35th Blair Atholl International Jamborette - the only Scout camp of its kind in the world.
Sixteen countries, including Ghana, Gibraltar, Spain, Hong Kong, the USA, Austria, Finland, Japan and Iceland, will link up with Scouts from Scotland at the ten day biennial camp on July 18.
Held in the grounds of Blair Castle, this is the biggest Jamborette to date with 87 joint patrols of Scouts and over 500 volunteer leaders.
The world’s oldest continually held Jamborette with an impressive 70 year history, Blair Atholl is special in that every District in Scotland is represented and Scouts camp in mixed-country leaderless patrols, providing a unique opportunity to get to know other Scouts from around the world.
During the camp the Scouts participate together in a range of adventurous and culturally diverse activities. There are over 160 different activities this year including all-terrain boarding, zorbing, Radio Blair, bush craft, the i-build technology base, survival skills, fencing, short wave radio, and drama base Blair-aktor.
Once the camp is over, 400 families across Scotland will welcome Scouts from visiting countries into their homes for up to five days’ cultural exchange, living with their new friends in local Scottish communities. Known as ‘home hospitality’ or “Ho-Ho” this is a chance for visiting Scouts to get a flavour of Scottish life out with the Jamborette.
Andrew Sharkey, volunteer Camp Chief, said: “We are incredibly proud and excited to welcome our many international friends to Scotland again this year. The programme and activities at Blair Atholl showcase the best of Scottish Scouting and culture while also reflecting the diverse and interesting range of cultures and countries we will be hosting.
"We have seen the positive difference that meeting and learning from others can have on young people and are delighted to be able to offer such an outstanding and world class opportunity for them here in Scotland, in the very beautiful setting of Blair Atholl.”