Scouting the world stage

Jonothan OCallaghan achieved his Springbok Scout award.

Max Elsworth and Michael Uphill represented 2nd Fish Hoek Scout Troop at this year’s World Scout Jamboree.

The jamboree takes place every four years. This year’s jamboree was the 24th, and it was held over 12 days at The Summit Bechtel Reserve in the beautiful mountains of West Virginia, in America.

It drew more than 40 000 scouts from 133 countries across six continents.

Max and Michael, along with the rest of the Western Cape contingent, returned to Cape Town earlier this month to a warm welcome from their families and the scouting community.

Both scouts said they had been very impressed with the jamboree’s closing ceremony, with the unrelenting fireworks, laser and flame display.

Other adrenalin rushes included white-water rafting and zip-lining. They also had a chance to fire front-loaded muskets.

The next jamboree takes place in South Korea in July 2023.

2nd Fish Hoek Scout Troop’s Jonothan O’Callaghan was recently awarded his Springbok Scout badge, the highest award a scout can achieve. Jonothan also obtained his Bushman’s Thong and Bosun’s Chord. These are achievement awards for completing a minimum of 22 interest badges. If any young boys are keen to join 2nd Fish Hoek Scout Troop, contact Falcon (Mark Tolsma) at 082 851 2673.