SCOUTS from Ellesmere Port had a blast at Chamboree 2010 – Cheshire’s International camp held every four years.
A host of activities were on offer during the week-long camp, from July 31-August 7, as the Tabley site was split into different zones with the Scouts able to take part in everything from BMX riding to climbing, learn new practical skills and how to look after the planet.
Entertainment included motorcycle stunt rider Jez Avery who wowed the crowds with some spectacular jumps and tricks, a Medieval jousting display team, and a fancy dress film night with campers turning up in movie character costumes.
Beavers and Cubs joined the Scouts during the first weekend to sample some of the Chamboree atmosphere, and helped set a new world record for mass wobble board playing on the Sunday afternoon as close to 3,000 people played along to Rolf Harris’s 'Tie Me Kangaroo Down'.
Water activities including sailing and kayaking took place at Tatton Park, and Explorer Scouts had the chance to experience a CSI-style crime investigation in conjunction with Cheshire Constabulary.
Scouts auditioned throughout the week for an X Factor-style talent competition and the closing ceremony was rounded off by a firework display.
Ellesmere Port Scout Lucy Ashbrooke said: “My favourite part of the camp was meeting new people, and I loved the activities on the Olympia and Power zones. Chamboree was fun.”
International campers came from the United States, Sierra Leone, Norway, Denmark, Kenya and Ireland, while Scout troops from around Britain also joined the Cheshire contingent.
Cheshire County Commissioner Graham Phillips paid tribute to the dedicated team of organisers and volunteer staff.
He said: “It is a huge undertaking to stage a camp of this size and make it so entertaining for so many young people, and it couldn’t be achieved without a great many people giving up so much of their time.
“But when you see how much fun everyone is having then it makes all the hard work worthwhile.”