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10,000 scouts and guides pitch camp by the sea

PUBLISHED: 09:25 30 July 2008 | UPDATED: 13:29 05 October 2010

Making a splash at the jamboree in Essex... picture: Ian Guy

Making a splash at the jamboree in Essex... picture: Ian Guy

Essex Scouts - Ian Guy

YOUNGSTERS from around the world are packing this week’s international Scouts and Guides jamboree in what is the largest ever event of its kind in Britain. Up to 10,000 arrived in Essex at the campsite on Saturday (July 26), from all over Britain and 30 countries abroad. They are under canvas until Saturday near Clacton, taking part in more than 100 activities.The camp is holding an open day today (July 30) for parents and public, 10.30am-5pm.

YOUNGSTERS from around the world are packing this week's international Scouts and Guides jamboree on the East Coast in what is the largest ever event of its kind in Britain.

Up to 10,000 arrived in Essex en mass at the campsite on Saturday (July 26), from all over Britain and 30 countries abroad.

They are under canvas for seven summer nights until Saturday in a huge field at Kirby-le-Soken, near Clacton, taking part in more than 100 activities this week.

"I've met different people, Americans, Swedish, Nigerian and German," said one 15-year-old Explorer Scout, Hannah Everard.

"I like listening to their accents and learning about different people. It makes you more tolerant.

"We are all Scouts, all the same, all equal."

The youngsters are gaining awareness about protecting the environment through community projects such as conservation work, recycling and getting to grips with ethical issues to make the world a better place.

But it's not just fun. There's some serious water sports like canoeing and sailing to tackle, as well as football, hockey, quad-biking, archery and air rifle target shooting.

There's also a Scrapheap Challenge, It's a Knockout and an inflatable assault course to get to grips with.

The event is being supported by 2,000 adult Scout and Guide volunteers.

Scouting is a million times bigger than when it was founded by Lord Baden Powell more than 100 years ago.

It has grown from 20 boys camping on Brownsea Island in 1907 to the 28 million around the world today.

The camp is holding an open day today (July 30) for parents and the public, 10.30am till 5pm.

From East London, take the A12, then the A120 and follow the signs for Walton-on-the-Naze to Kirby-le-Soken.

Scouting groups in Essex who are playing host to the 'international assembly' have their own jamboree website:

www.essexscouts.org.uk/jamboree2008

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