ENC Boy Scouts return from first World Scout Jamboree in U.S. in 53-years

Published: Aug. 2, 2019 at 9:52 PM EDT
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Forty Boy Scouts from troops here in eastern Carolina returned home Friday evening from the first World Scout Jamboree held in the United States since 1966.

The scouts, ages 14-17, spent more than two weeks in West Virginia meeting other troops from all over the world.

They did a lot of learning about the cultures of other countries at the event and made memories they'll have forever.

Boy Scout Ian Meredith of Greenville says, "We got to see tons of different cultures and different kinds of scouts and it was really interesting to see how they did things differently from us."

Jerry Jones, Troop 233 Scout Master says, "It was a great opportunity for these kids here in America to be part of something that they won't see until they're my age."

Scouts from nearly 160 countries attended the jamboree. ENC scout Riley Brown says, "This hat I got from some kids from Sweden. I think it's really cool."

This is the first year female scouts have been allowed to join the jamboree from America, but Jones says it's long been a co-ed event.

Jones says, "Girls have been allowed in scouting in other countries for many years, whereas in our world here in the United States they're just getting introduced into the program."

For scouts like Brown and his younger brother Garrett, the differences between cultures wasn't always what stood out, because scouting united them.

Garrett Brown says, "You might have your differences here and there but you can work around those."

One of the activities at the jamboree was cultural exchange day and those local scouts served eastern Carolina BBQ to share some of our culture with those scouts from all over the world

The next World Scout Jamboree will be held in South Korea in 2023.