WSJ2019 – Unit 51

Swans and Stags – combined Unit with Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire Scouts

June 2018 – My initial experience of the Jamboree journey was the selection day. At first, I was really nervous because there were several people there I didn’t know. As the day went on I found out more and more about the Jamboree and the people around me. By the end of the day I was happy, and excited to find out who had been selected. I didn’t find out for a good 5 weeks but I checked my emails every day because I was so excited. When I finally found out that I had made it, I was so
happy and I couldn’t wait to start fundraising.

Our first Unit meeting was great fun, although I didn’t really get to know anyone that well as I was only there for the second day, making it harder for me to introduce myself. Fortunately, everybody was very kind and I felt pleased to be accepted into such an amazing group of like-minded people.

From that first meeting I gained a lot of knowledge of what others had planned for their fundraising and I even borrowed a couple of ideas from their fundraising so far! I then spent a long time planning a World Wide Quiz Night for my Scouts and raised £1400 from the evening! We had another Unit meeting which was great fun and during that meeting I started to get to know the people much better. So far, my Jamboree experience has been great and I can’t wait to go to West Virginia in 2019. I am incredibly grateful for this opportunity and I’m sure it will be the best trip ever!


Put your phone down and what are you left with? Just teamwork, courage and the skills to succeed.’
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls