Wynberg Boys’ High pupils attend World Scout Jamboree

The scouts pictured, from left, are, Max Elsworth, Adam Kennedy (back), Jonothan OCallaghan, Michael Uphill (back), Gabriel Hawkins, Neo Ndlovu and Heath Clarke.

More than 40 000 scouts from 133 countries took part in the 24th World Scout Jamboree in the American state of West Virginia, from Monday July 22 to Friday August 2. The jamboree is held every four years, and Wynberg Boys’ High School was represented at this one by Max Elsworth, Michael Uphill and Jed Mouton.

Max and Michael are from the 2nd Fish Hoek Scout Troop and Jed is from the 1st Bergvliet Scout Troop. The boys – who were part of the 143-strong South African contingent to the jamboree – returned to Cape Town on Sunday to a warm welcome from their families and the scouting community.

The scouts said they had been very impressed with the jamboree’s closing ceremony complete with fireworks and laser and flame displays. Other highlights had been the zip-lining and white-water rafting.They also fired front-loaded muskets. The next Jamboree takes place in South Korea in July 2023.

* 2nd Fish Hoek Scout Troop’s Jonathan O’Callaghan, who matriculated at Wynberg Boys’ High School in 2018, was recently awarded his Springbok Scout badge, the highest award a scout can achieve. He also received his Bushman’s Thong and Bosun’s Chord. These are achievement awards for completing a
minimum of 22 interest badges.

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