Hemel Hempstead Scouts have taken part in some exciting activities over the last couple of years, but this summer is the most thrilling so far.
Seven Explorer Scouts aged between 14 and 17, and 10 leaders had a life-changing experience when they visited Japan to take part in the 23rd World Scout Jamboree, along with 30,000 other members of Scouting worldwide.
Jamborees take place every four years and places are very limited so Hemel Hemel Hempstead Scouts were delighted to be able to send so many people along.
Enduring soaring temperatures and extremely high humidity levels, the contingent explored, took part in many activities and made new friends from all corners of the world.
Their return is being staggered, with several people opting to extend their adventure to explore more of Japan, including climbing Mount Fuji to see the sun rise.
Meanwhile, 50 Scouts, 28 Explorer Scouts and 14 leaders, travelled to Holland to join the Haarlem Jamborette, a large international camp that is also held every four years.
During their 12-day adventure, they met almost 4,000 members from across the world, and took part in many traditional Scouting activities as well as games.
Every night was party night and friendships were formed with Scouts from across the UK and other countries. And thanks to social media, many friendships are set to continue for years to come.
Cubs and Scouts from 1st Apsley visited the Isle of Wight for a week and are planning a trip to Thriftwood campsite.
Seven Explorer Scouts and four leaders have just arrived at Chamonix, in France, for a week of exploring and fun, and 2nd Hemel Hempstead is currently visiting the birthplace of Scouting on Brownsea Island, in Poole Harbour.
Back at home, the Two Waters Activity Centre (TWAC) at Apsley Scout Hut has been busy with young members attending water activity events.
Thanks to a generous grant, they have recently taken delivery of two new canoes and four small kayaks, which the younger members were eager to try out.
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