1,250 Belgian scouts to attend World Jamboree in South Korea
About 1,250 young Belgian scouts will leave next weekend for the World Scout Jamboree in South Korea, the largest international youth camp in the world.
The 25th edition of the Jamboree, which will be attended by 50,000 young people from 170 countries, will take place from 1 to 12 August in Saemangeum.
The Belgian contingent is made up of 28 units, each with 36 members aged between 14 and 18, and four leaders. They belong to one of the five Belgian scout movements: Fédération des Scouts Baden-Powell de Belgique, Les Guides des Scouts and Guides Pluralistes de Belgique, FOS Open Scouting and Scouts en Gidsen Vlaanderen.
Scouting is a particularly popular youth activity in Belgium. More than 180,000 young people are scouts, or about seven per cent of all young people in the country.
The World Scout Jamboree brings together people from all continents, cultures, religions, backgrounds and walks of life to foster a worldwide brotherhood by camping together.
"It goes without saying that current global humanitarian events deserve to be taken into account in the peacemaking nature of this world camp, where young people from all corners of the world will experience activities together," the organisers said in a press release.
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