Thousand of scouts at Alton Water

THOUSANDS of scouts are set to descend on Suffolk this week as part of the world jamboree.Up to 4,000 scouts a day from across the world will be making a splash at Alton Water, taking part in activities such as kayaking, canoeing and learning how to sail a dinghy.

THOUSANDS of scouts are set to descend on Suffolk this week as part of the world jamboree.

Up to 4,000 scouts a day from across the world will be making a splash at Alton Water, taking part in activities such as kayaking, canoeing and learning how to sail a dinghy.

Anglian Water, which owns Alton Water will also be introducing its mobile education centre as part of the week, ahead of its official launch in September.

Two years ago scouts and guides came to the reservoir for the Eurojam Scout International Jamboree. Now the scouts are due to return.

This year the 21st world scout jamboree is being held in Chelmsford and the youngsters will be travelling to Ipswich each day. Last year it was held in Ipswich.

Collette Nicholls, of Anglian Water, said: “We are delighted to be working with the Scout Association at the World Jamboree.

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“It is particularly apt that the theme of the event aims to capture the aspirations and hopes of young people for the future, as this is exactly what Anglian Water is focusing on with our education programme.”

Alton Water will still be open to members of the public during the week, however the chance to take part in water sports may be restricted.

And on Wednesday scouts from across the county will gather in Christchurch Park for a sunrise ceremony to celebrate 100 years since scouting started.

Across the world, scouts will be joining together in the largest ever worldwide display of peace, tolerance and harmony.

The Wolsey District is gathering in Christchurch Park, Ipswich from 7:45am along with the Mayor of Ipswich, Inga Lockington.

Following the ceremony, a special flower bed in the gardens will be opened, and anyone who brings a pair of scissors may help cut the ribbon and take a piece home.

n. Were you involved in the jamboree? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or email eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

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