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Scouts take to the water as they compete for world jamboree places in Japan

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: December 15, 2013

  • HIGH ROPES: Scouts traversing the high ropes at Siblyback Lake, above, and above right, Reece Goddard, from 5th Newquay Explorers, and Charlie Jones, from Camel Explorers, in Cardinham sailing on a Laser Pico. Below right, Ciara Rooney, from Mid Cornwall Explorers, and James Grove-White, from St Minver, traverse the assault course.

  • Scouts watch Samuel Skinner of 18th Truro Scouts and David Lee of Waterside ESU negotiate the logs in a team building exercise

  • Scouts competing in the treasure hunt on Siblyback Lake

  • Samuel Beeching of Mylor Bridge, Samuel Wainwright from Torpoint Explorers, Tristan Bolton from 1st Linkinhorne Daisy de Glanville and Ruby Mead both from 1st Launceston a work together in a blindfold exercise to make shapes in rope

  • Scouts navigate the 40 foot high ropes course

  • Thomas Mallows from 1st Helston sailling on Siblyback Lake

  • Talan Sim of 1st St Ives and Maya Masi from 1st Hayle group perfom starjumps on their sailing boat

  • Madeleine Roberts of 1st Mylor group shows her sailing proficiency on Siblyback Lake.

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SCOUTS from all over Cornwall spent the weekend proving themselves as they tried to secure places at the 2015 World Scout Jamboree in Japan.

Siblyback Lake, near Liskeard, was the venue as 100 youngsters were put through their paces, being assessed on their behaviour and performance in team challenges.

There were participants from Truro, Falmouth, Penryn, Camborne, Mylor Bridge, Mabe Burnthouse, Probus, Feock, Hayle, Praze, Trispen, Stithians, Helston, Perranwell Station, Devoran, Mawnan and Ponsanooth.

But only 18 members from the county can go to Japan, joining more than 30,000 Scouts and Guides from 162 countries on the same site to experience different cultures and take part in activities.

Jon Arnold, who will escort the combined Devon and Cornwall unit with fellow leader Ian Bartlett, said: "It went very well – the kids really enjoyed it.

"The successful Scouts will get to meet up with other children from all over the world and learn about what they do."

Mr Arnold said the Scouts will be a part of one of the biggest youth gatherings in the world in 2015.

The 18 from Cornwall will be picked in two weeks' time after being judged by 30 Scout leaders.

Activities included kayaking, sailing, canoeing, high ropes, a day-to-night walk, team challenges and puzzles, and presentations on the differences between Cornish and Japanese culture.

The jamboree is held every four years for Scouts and Guides for three and a half weeks.

In Japan, the children will explore Tokyo and stay with Japanese families as well as attending the jamboree.

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