After national reports of a heatwave, typhoon warnings and a COVID-19 outbreak, WATFORDnews has heard from a local Scout who was amongst more than 40,000 attendees at the World Scout Jamboree in South Korea this summer.
Jemma, 17, from the Helios Rangers Unit in Watford, has shared her story.
She said: “In August, I embarked on a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that took me halfway across the globe. For three incredible weeks, I had the chance to proudly represent Girlguiding UK at the World Scout Jamboree, showcasing the values and spirit that make the organisation extraordinary.
“I connected with fellow Scouts from around the world, creating new friendships and making lifelong memories. The jamboree was filled with cultural exchanges, a range of activities, and learning about Korea’s traditions.
“One of the most memorable days was visiting the Seonunsa Buddhist Temple, founded in 577 CE, where we took part in K-pop dancing, playing traditional instruments, and meditating in hammocks.
“Unfortunately, we were faced with difficulties on the campsite, such as poor sanitation, lack of shelter and uncomfortable bug bites, resulting in the UK Scouts being relocated to Seoul.
“Despite these hurdles, my unit kept high spirits and made the most of being in Korea’s capital. Overall, this journey was an amazing experience where I was able to embrace diverse cultures and create lifelong memories.”