This means that we declare the WSJ officially open!! YAAAAAY! The opening ceremony starts tomorrow so this gives us a good enough excuse to look back at past ceremonies and look at all the highlights:
The opening ceremony took place on 27 July 2011. It included the history of Sweden, with music including the jamboree song “Changing the world” performed by Daniel Lemma and Pär Klang. Also included was a procession of flags (one from each country) and the official handover from Great Britain to Sweden, which involved Bear Grylls abseiling down from the roof of the stage!
The event was held for 12 days between 27 July and 8 August, in Hylands Park, Chelmsford, Essex. This site was selected because of the easy access to air and sea transport, and it is also near Gilwell Park, an important campsite and training centre for Scout Leaders. The event was the second largest ever Jamboree held with 38,074 participants and IST attending, but with more countries than ever before, and more than 42,000 day visitors. The 3rd ‘Coming of Age’ Jamboree in 1929 was the largest held, with 50,000 participants.
The 20th World Scout Jamboree took place in the naval base in Sattahip, Thailand between 28 December 2002 and 8 January 2003 – the 62nd anniversary of the death of Lord Baden-Powell, the founder of the Scout Movement.The theme of the 20th World Scout Jamboree was ‘Share our World, Share our Culture’
Hope this has got you a tad more excited for tomorrow’s opening ceremony! We are going to be posting as much as we can about the events of the opening ceremony.
So keep a look out!