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08-Jan-2003
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Countdown begins to 2007


From: Communications Department, Gilwell Park:

At the close of the 20th World Scout Jamboree in Thailand on 7 January 2002, the World Jamboree Flag was formally handed over to the UK Scout Association. It symbolises that responsibility for organising the next and most important and significant Jamboree in Scouting history, now passes to the United Kingdom.

In 2007, Scouting celebrates its 100th anniversary with a series of global, national and local events – including the 21st World Jamboree being hosted in the UK. The event will involve more world countries than even the Olympic Games. 

A new website has been launched (www.scouting2007.org) that will run for the next five years providing regularly updated news and information.

1 August 1907, marked the first day of Robert Baden-Powell's experimental camp on Brownsea Island in the UK for 22 boys from a variety of backgrounds, which led to the formation of the worldwide Scout Movement. 

Today, Scouting is a million times bigger than when it started, with over 28 million members in 216 countries and territories around the world. Since Scouting was founded in 1907, over half a billion young people in virtually all countries and cultures have enjoyed Scouting activities and pledged to live by the Scout Promise and Law.

“Scouting already makes an enormous difference to the world by developing young people to be responsible citizens and by educating them for peace”, said Derek Pollard, Chairman of Scouting 2007. “The worldwide Scouting celebrations in 2007 will bring together Scouts from every race, religion and culture as brothers and sisters. We’re especially honoured to be hosting the next World Scout Jamboree in the UK, and we are aiming for it to be the biggest Jamboree ever with 40,000 participants.”

World Scout Jamborees are held every four years in different countries around the world, and the 21st World Scout Jamboree will be held at Hylands Park, Chelmsford, Essex, from 27th July to 8th August 2007.

In addition to the Jamboree, Scouting centenary celebrations in 2007 will include activities on Brownsea Island, a Sunrise Ceremony around the world on the morning on 1st August, and local camps and events in the UK.