This Sheffield scout helped run a huge world jamboree event attended by Bear Grylls

Skills learned in Sheffield helped scout Briony Aykroyd ensure that a major world event involving thousands of young people ran smoothly.

By Sally Burton
Thursday, 18 July, 2019, 11:33
Briony Aykroyd

Briony, from Sheffield, represented the UK at the World Scout Jamboree that ran until the beginning of this month in West Virginia.

The World Scout Jamboree is an incredible, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for 40,000 scouts from a multitude of countries.

Over the course of two weeks, Briony made new friends from all over the globe as she volunteered within the busy skills exchange, and enjoyed new learning challenges on a global level.

Jamboree 2019

Briony joined the International Service Team, who are the driving force behind the Jamboree.

The IST is a multi-national team of adults w ho volunteer to spend their summer holiday in the engine room of the massive event.

They number 6,000 in total with nearly 1,000 from across the UK.

Their job was to make the Jamboree happen and they quietly made every day run smoothly, dealing with any issues that arose.

Some of them were instructors planning and running activities for the tens of thousands of Jamboree participants.

Others were doctors, caterers or IT consultants.

Briony was allocated a role helping to run the five- mile zipwire course at the event.

She said: “T his was the first time that I’d been abroad on my own before.

“Scouting has given me the confidence and the belief to know that I can get there on my own – I’ve really come out of my shell.

“There were only three IST members on my flight, but we all gelled together really well.

“Working on the IST, no two days were the same and that’s what I loved about it.”

The event was opened by UK Chief Scout Bear Grylls who told those pr esent : “World Scout Jamborees only happen every four years and tens of thousands of Scouts attend each one.

“They are incredible festivals of peace, friendship and adventure.

“Young people will make friends for life with people from over 150 countries, experience different food, language and culture while learning new skills.

“It will be the journey of a lifetime.”

The 2019 Jamboree, jointly hosted by the USA, Canada and Mexico, was one of the biggest and most exciting to have taken place yet.

The theme of ‘u nlock a new world’ focused particularly on how we can all work and make changes to create a sustainable world together.

In the UK, scouting is supported by The Scout Association, enabling 7,000 Scout Groups across the country to provide opportunities to over 475,000 young people aged six to 25.

There are now more than 638,000 individuals actively involved in scouting in the UK.

Scouts helps young people, both boys and girls, enjoy fun and adventure in a variety of situations, while developing skills for life, including the practical, character and employability skills they need to succeed.

Over 200 activities are offered by scouts around the UK, from canoeing and caving to coding and community projects, which are all made possible by the efforts of around 163,000 adult volunteers.

Worldwide, Scouts has over 50 million members, both male and female, and operates in nearly every country in the world.

UK Scouts has over 250 Scout Activity Challenge badges.

These are worked towards and, once earned, are badges of achievement.

They require participants to achieve a level of understanding and skill that is both realistic and appropriate to their age range.