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Always Prepared for a Jamboree

More than 6,500 Scouts and Guides from 30 countries met at the Kent Event Centre, Detling, near Maidstone, for the Kent International Jamboree 2013.
The huge event, held between July 27 and August 3, welcomed Scouts and Guides aged from 10 to 18, representing 270 different groups from across the globe.

The event featured more than 100 activities, from climbing to curling, archery to microlight-flying and wood-turning to woggle workshops, and included an international café, a radio station, a cinema, an exhibition of scouting history and dance and performance facilities.

Chief Scout Bear Grylls and comedian and former Scout David Walliams flew in by helicopter on the final day to spread a little inspiration to the thousands of Scouts and Guides who attended one of the largest gatherings of its kind.

The Kent Event Centre was chosen four years ago to host the massive jamboree. Its manager Alison Wallington said: “It has been a joy to welcome Scouts and Guides from across the world to Kent. We are the perfect venue for an event of this size and scope because we have so much space and so many different facilities, as well as an ideal location between two major motorways.”

Camp Director Andy Trill said: “We chose the Kent Event Centre because it was the largest venue in Kent and the only venue that could provide all of the infrastructure that we required. The location was an added benefit.”

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