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West Country scouts join thousands from across the globe for the World Scout Jamboree in America

Some of the thousands of young people taking part in the World Scout Jamboree in America. Credit: ITV West Country

Scouts from the West Country travelled to America to join tens of thousands of other scouts from around the world.

They were among some 50,000 young people from 169 countries taking part in the 24th World Scout Jamboree.

The event takes place in a different country every four years and this year was in West Virginia, USA.

While there, the scouts took part in a series of outdoor activities with the aim of learning new skills they can use throughout their lives.

Fancy a spot of scuba diving? Scouting is far more than camping and tying neckerchiefs these days. Credit: ITV West Country

Scout leader Jimmy Divall from West Coker in Somerset brought a group of young people to the jamboree. He says the opportunity to try new activities and make friends with people from across the world is life changing.

These are memory makers. These are the things which are going to stay with them for the next 10, 15, 20 years. I hope that they can pass on this experience to many scouts into the future.

– Jimmy Divall, Leader, Somerset Unit
Our reporter Lauren Hall catches up with Chief Scout Bear Grylls at the jamboree. Credit: ITV West Country

The first World Scout Jamboree took place in 1920 and this year's was the biggest ever. Among the thousands in West Virginia was Chief Scout Bear Grylls. He believes the experience makes a big difference to people's lives.

It's about bridging those cultural divides and making friendships for life and understanding that we're part of this global family, 50 million strong.

– Bear Grylls, Chief Scout

Watch Lauren Hall's video reports:

  • World Scout Jamboree part 1 - making friends across the globe for almost a century
  • World Scout Jamboree part 2 - a life-changing experience and a lot of fun

It was smiles all round for those West Country scouts taking part in the World Scout Jamboree. Take a look:

These teenagers from West Coker in Somerset say they had a fantastic welcome at the World Scout Jamboree. Credit: ITV West Country
This group from Devon had an amazing experience.
This isn't West Virginia! The Devon scouts took in a trip to New York on their way to the jamboree. Credit: Family
Devon scouts sporting rainbow colours.
The UK sent its biggest ever contingent to the jamboree - these scouts are from Unit 71, hailing from Devon and Guernsey.
Unit 73 from Devon making friends from across the world.
Kilts made a welcome change from shorts for some Devon scouts.
Unit 75 Dorset Jurassic also made the journey to West Virginia. Credit: Denise Hunt
Here are some of Dorset Jurassic in slightly more relaxed mode. Credit: Denise Hunt
And a great time was had by all! Credit: Denise Hunt