This week, a contingent of 35 Guernsey Cub Scouts and 13 leaders will be heading to the UK to join around 3,000 others for a week of "fun, friendship and adventure" at Cubjam 2019.
The once every three years 'Jamboree' camp sees Cubs (8-11) from around the country come together for one major event, which, this time around, will have an “Around the World” theme. They are all hailing from just under 150 contingents from around the country.
This year the venue was changed to Phasels Wood Activity Centre in Hertfordshire, after having been hosted for the last few events at the UK Scout Headquarters at Gilwell Park.
Six groups from across Guernsey are taking their eldest Cubs for what, to some, will be their first adventure away from home.
Carolyn Morley, the leader in charge of the team of 13 Guernsey Cub leaders going, attended Cubjam in 2016. She said the week was a real experience for the Cubs.
"[It is] a fabulous outdoor experience for the young people, many of whom are just about to move on to Scouts, where they will be able to experience many more camps both on and off island," she said.
Many of the leaders have attended Cubjam several times now. They said that only went to show that the opportunities and experience for the Cubs was a 'fantastic one': somewhere they can take part in outdoor activities that they may not necessarily have the chance to do on Island and also experience sleeping under canvas for six nights.
A representative of the group going on the trip said the Cubs, their leaders and their parents have worked hard to fundraise to keep costs to a minimum and supply necessary kit to make sure it was open to all Cubs.
"We would like to thank everyone who has supported us, especially Bailiwick Express Guernsey who have kindly sponsored our group hoodies."
The event runs from the 25 May until the 31.
Pictured top: Guernsey Cubs at a previous Cub Jam, and inset, the groups 2019 hoodies.
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