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Bath Scouts pay tribute at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

9 September 2015

Members of Bath Scouts visited the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park in the days before the 70th Anniversary of the first atomic bomb being dropped on Japan.

The Scouts, who were in Japan as part of the 23rd World Scout Jamboree, were given the opportunity to explore the site directly below where the bomb was dropped on the 6th August 1945.

Their visit was a core part of the Jamboree’s programme with all of the 36, 000 young people from more than 150 countries visiting the park over the course of the ten day event which put peace and ‘a spirt of unity’ as a central theme throughout.

An additional 5000 adult leaders from the UK who volunteered at the Jamboree as part of the International Service Team were also given the chance to experience the solemn and reflective atmosphere created in the park.

Scout Leader Nigel Slade said: “The main Jamboree has been really exciting but this visit gave all of the Scouts a chance to reflect upon the need to understand and respect cultural and religious differences and to take action to build a more peaceful and tolerant world”

“Since joining the Scouts as a Leader I have had some fantastic experiences but this turning out to be a very thought provoking and moving experience.”

At the park, the five scouts and three leaders who attended from Bath, took time to ring the Peace Bell, visit the iconic ruins of the Hiroshima Exhibition Hall (known by many as the Atomic Bomb Dome), and walk around the museum which contains artefacts and pictures showing the devastation caused by the bomb, which was dropped by A US B-29 bomber called the Enola Gay in an attempt to shorten the war.

Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, attended the 70th anniversary of the nuclear attack just days after addressing the Jamboree where he emphasised the need for international friendship by quoting scouting’s founder, Robert Baden-Powell; “Ultimately, the main objective of the Jamboree is to make as many friends as possible from countries other than your own.”

The visit was just one of the activities provided at the Jamboree with an extensive programme ranging from global development to water activities, hiking to robotics!

The World Scout Jamboree is held every four years in different locations across the world including Sweden and Thailand in recent years. The next is due to be held in West Virginia in the summer of 2019!

To find out how you could get involved in the next international experience, or in one of the many other exciting and adventurous activities Scouting has on other, get in touch here.