Scout journeys to land of the midnight sun for 15th world 'moot'

By Aaron Kendall   |   Assistant Editor   |
Monday 7th August 2017 11:26 am
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On expedition in Iceland's spectacular landscape

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A South Hams scout has joined fellows from 80 countries in Iceland for a ten-day ’moot’.

James Frith from Ivybridge attended the 15th World Scout Moot at the Icelandic National Scout Centre on the banks of Lake Ulfljotsvatnm.

The event is a gathering of Scouts aged 18 to 25 from across the globe.

Before travelling to the main moot site James spent time hiking through the Icelandic landscape, visiting Hólaskjól, an oasis in the wilderness in the south of Iceland close to the Lakagigar volcano.

James was part of the ’UK Contingent’, a 500-strong group of British Scouts adding to the 5,000 participants in the Iceland moot. Together they spent nine days having fun and adventures, learning new skills and discovering different cultures.

The key element of the moot enjoyed by all participants was the mini expedition. Scouts were spread out over eleven centres across the breathtaking Icelandic landscape, chosen to provide excellent camping facilities in spectacular surroundings.

James said: “Spending a week with fellow Scouts from across the world was the most amazing experience. We climbed volcanoes, swam in glacial rivers, stayed up cooking with the midnight sun, and made memories to last us a lifetime…or at least until we all meet again, which is always possible in the worldwide family of Scouts!"

TV presenter and Scout Ambassador Julia Bradbury added: “A huge congratulations to the 500 Scouts who represented the UK at the 15th World Scout Moot in Iceland. The precious time they spent enjoying adventures and learning about different world cultures will make a lasting impression.

"I’m particularly pleased that they spent time hiking across the spectacular Icelandic landscape. As a huge advocate of walking, I believe there’s no better way to get to know a country and yourself."

The event was supported by an international service team made up of leaders from Scout Associations across the Globe.

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