Thousands of scouts partake in Nova Scotia's first Canadian Scout Jamboree
Published Tuesday, July 11, 2017 5:34PM ADT
Last Updated Wednesday, July 12, 2017 10:45AM ADT
The Canadian Scout Jamboree is taking place in Nova Scotia for the first time ever.
The jamboree is held every four years and offers children the chance to connect with fellow scouts from around the world.
Over 4,500 scouts, between age 11 and 15, have travelled to Camp Nedooae, in Elderbank, N.S. for a week full of fun and friendship.
“When I first got here to the airport there were scouts all around us and I’ve never seen so many scouts at one place at all, it's awesome,” says Carly McLennon, Newfoundland Scouts.
Participants aren't just from Canada; scouts have travelled from around the world to take part in the event.
“We have one of our largest contingents, actually 50 scouts from Taiwan participating here in the jamboree,” says Andrew Price, Scouts Canada CEO.
Price says scouting is growing from coast-to-coast in Canada.
“We’re co-ed, boys and girls, and it's really great to see so many of them take the time to be here for a week and not only take in Nova Scotia and Halifax, but engage in some of the high-adventure activities that we have planned for them,” says Price.
The scouts will have the opportunity to travel around the province to experience some of the culture and history. Plus, at Camp Nedooae, there are fun activities like rock climbing, mountain biking, mud runs and bubble soccer.
The kids will also learn traditional scouting skills, like stamping leather and tying knots.
“I'm having a lot of fun here and just stamped a wolf and a moon and I'm making a woggle for my necker,” says McLennon.
George Robinson has been in scouting for 57 years and has volunteered at 15 jamborees. He came from Cleveland to help kids learn how to tie knots – a skill he thinks is still essential for scouts.
“These are the things they need for outdoor skills, to build towers, to build structures in their camp sites, and to learn how to use their hands to manipulate rope,” says Robinson.
The scouts say one of the highlights of the jamboree is spending time with their peers.
“My favourite thing, I think, is hanging out and badge trading with everyone, cause there's huge badge trading tents and it's really cool,” says Corinne Lambert, scout.
The jamboree wraps up Friday.
With files from CTV Atlantic's Allan April