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Jamboree in the Library

10 October 2013

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Teenagers from across Bath will be making new global friendships on Saturday as an old Scouting tradition is brought bang up-to-date.

Bath Central Library will play host to around 30 Explorer and Network Scouts (those in the post 14 age groups) as they use the public computers to take part in the worldwide Jamboree On The Internet. The event, staged for one weekend every year, gives Scouts the opportunity to communicate directly with their international counterparts, sharing experiences and learning about each other’s lives.  Inspired by the Worldwide Jamborees for which the movement is famous, JOTI swaps the familiar setting of the campfire for the 21st century environment of chatrooms, email and video-links.

“We are hugely grateful to the library staff for letting us take over the library for the afternoon,” commented Mary Wisker, leader of Blaze Explorer Scout group based in the city centre,” as it enables all our Scouts, to take part in this huge event together  – with adult help on hand should they need it.”

So does this signify an end to the muddy boots and outdoor adventures more traditionally associated with Scouting? “Not at all,” continued Mary, “Camping and outdoor activities are still at the heart of everything we do. But Scouting has to keep up with the times and modern technology is fantastic for helping our young members create networks and opportunities.”

After the event, the participants will head back to the Scout HQ in Grove Street for food and games of an international flavour. More details on Scouting in Bath may be found on Facebook, Twitter and by contacting us.