Scouts gather near Terra Nova for international jamboree
It could be called the ultimate summer camp — hundreds of scouts from across Canada and around the world have converged on central Newfoundland for a jamboree.
More than 450 scouts, some of whom have travelled from Saudi Arabia, are attending Adventure14, a week-long National Venturer Scout Jamboree on the edge of Terra Nova National Park.
I have made some of the best friends I have ever made through scouting. I couldn't be more thankful for that.- Sarah Savic Kallesoe
Scouts Canada holds a national Jamboree once every two years.
Participants have been filling their days with hiking, white-water rafting, whale-watching tours, canoeing and archery.
Scouts Canada has expanded beyond those activities, to include science, math and technology workshops.
Sarah Savic Kallesoe, who is in the province from British Columbia, said she's learned a lot from a Newfoundland beach biology lesson.
"It was really cool, because we actually got to wade out into the water. We had these knee-high boots and spyglasses, and we were looking in the mud, and we got stuck in the mud, and we got to discover hands-on, what the beach is about," she said.
Savic Kallesoe told CBC that jamboree activities come second to the friendships that are made.
"You get to know them really well, and that's what jamborees are about, they're about connecting people. I have made some of the best friends I have ever made through scouting. I couldn't be more thankful for that."
This year's event wraps up on Saturday.