AHF Scout Group, based in Blackburn, has just spent 4 days living and working with Scouts from almost dozens of nations from across the globe at the first UK Muslim Scout Fellowship International Scout Jamboree.  The Jamboree was held from the 27th – 30th July at Kibblestone International Scout Campsite, Staffordshire

At the Jamboree 1600 Scouts and volunteers came from around the globe to share and celebrate their adventures, cultures, and experiences. They took on the challenge of learning new skills and even had a visit from Chief Scout and international adventure Bear Grylls.

The participants came together for 4 days to explore the treasures of the earth. Experience scouting skills while enjoying the beauty of earth and its creatures. Taking part in the adventure, while learning about different terrains and habitats; travelling from mountains to deserts, from jungles to cities, each with its own sources of food and water and varieties of life.

All the Scouts and volunteers left the experience with life-long memories and a real sense of understanding for the positive roles they play within their society.

Zunaid Ally aged 37 said ‘As someone who struggles to volunteer regularly in scouts, I found the Jamboree a wonderful experience. The sheer hard work, commitment & above all sincerity of the organisers & volunteers shined through, & made the jamboree the fantastic event it was. I came away with the inspiration & have made the intention to try make more time for this wonderful cause”.

As part of Bear Grylls’s visit to the event he launched his summer skills challenge to support parents and give young people skills for life.

Bear Grylls said “The summer holidays provide an incredible opportunity for people to have adventures and learn new skills. Not only will our website support parents and young people to learn new skills that will help them now the skills they learn this summer may well help them save a life or get a job in years to come.  Over the summer we are going to be sharing 50 activities that give young people and their parents the opportunity to learn new skills over the long summer holiday. It’s my summer challenge to every parent: – learn a new skills and have an adventure with you children – Scouting can show you how”

In Scouting, young people get to take on all these challenges plus over 200 activities, from canoeing and abseiling to art and community action projects project. As a result they develop independence, resilience and initiative – in short, essential life skills, employability skills and practical skills that will help them enjoy a brighter future. Through our ‘A Million Hands” campaign we are mobilising over half a million people to take on some of the biggest challenges effecting the UK today. These include dementia, disability, mental wellbeing and access to clean water and sanitation.