More than 150 Hertfordshire scouts are joining 32,000 other scouts from almost every nation on earth in Japan for a world scout jamboree.
The jamboree brings together young people from all cultures, religions and traditions and encourages them to learn to live and work together in peace and harmony.
The Hertfordshire scouts, aged 14 - 18, came together with their leaders to do some final pre-event training and to brief local community leaders and family memebrs who have supported them in their journey so far, about what life at a jamboree is all about.
During the weekend visitors were given a chance to try out the Japanese food the units will cook each day, and to take part in some of the cultural Japanese activities.
Berkhamsted town mayor Peter Matthews said: “I enjoyed trying out what was on display at the launch, especially trying to use chopsticks and the Eton Mess. What a fantastic event.”