Two lucky Harrogate Scouts took part in World Scout Moot

Around 600 UK Scouts joined 6000 others from all over the world in Iceland
Around 600 UK Scouts joined 6000 others from all over the world in Iceland

Over the summer two local teenagers previously from 16th Harrogate Scout Group and 3rd Eagles Explorer Group descended on Iceland for the 15th World Scout Moot.

The event brought together around 5000 scouts aged 18-25 from all over the world to improve their international understanding as citizens of the world.

Josh Brown and Nathan Robinson shared tents and expeditions with local Icelandic Scouts and learned much about the local landscape, traditions and cultures of all the countries they mixed with.

Josh shared his experience with a New Zealander, Belgian, Brazilian, Swiss and two Icelandic scouts and now has friends spread around the world.

During their time in Iceland they split across 11 expedition campsites to take part in activities from caving, canyoning, cliff climbing, glacier walking, waterfall climbing, to arctic river crossing and hot geysers.

All of the participants also took part in community projects. They spent their time weeding and clearing, fence and path rebuilding and generally restoring landscapes for the benefit of the local communities and tourists.

At the end of the expeditions the 11 expedition sites merged into one giant community to become the fifth largest settlement in Iceland for three days. Here they had a chance to have fun and attend workshops.

Josh and Nathan have taken an active part in the scout movement and worked as Young Leaders in the locality to bring outdoor adventure to children across the area.

They have both been on the staff for the 100 years CubJam in Gilllwell and Josh is now looking towards becoming an adult leader with 1st Knaresborough Cub Scouts.

Nathan is hoping to follow in his father’s footsteps and be a Scout leader once his university study is completed.