Scouts from Royston set off from Heathrow Airport this week for the World Scout Jamboree in South Korea.

World Scout Jamborees take place every four years, and this year's event will see scouts from all over the world gather at Saemangeum in North Jeolla, South Korea.

Royston Crow: Royston scouts enjoying themselves in KoreaRoyston scouts enjoying themselves in Korea (Image: Chris Taylor)

This is the first time South Korea has hosted the event since 1991, and the scouts, who are all aged 14 to 18, will learn new skills, experience new cultures and make international friendships with fellow scouts.

The scouts heading to the jamboree will also have the opportunity to explore Seoul for three days and will visit the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), where they will see the original demarcation line between North Korea and South Korea at the end of World War II.

Royston Crow: Jack Hough about to set off to South Korea from HeathrowJack Hough about to set off to South Korea from Heathrow (Image: Scouts UK)

Jack Hough, who is 16 and from Royston, said: "I have been looking forward to this trip for two years and I am so happy it’s finally time to travel all the way to Korea.

"I’ve never travelled this far, or without my parents so this is all so new for me – which makes it exciting!"

Royston scouts, along with 4,500 others from across the UK, will join over 45,000 others from nearly every country

Many scouts spend years looking forward to the jamboree, as only scouts aged between 14 and 17 are able to apply.

Royston Crow: Royston scouts heading to South KoreaRoyston scouts heading to South Korea (Image: Scouts)

Participants are selected ahead two years in advance so they can focus on their fundraising skills to finance their trip.

Chief Scout Bear Grylls said: "Scouts from all corners of the UK are travelling over 12 hours to South Korea for the 25th World Scout Jamboree.

"Young people are coming together to take on new adventures, make lifelong friendships and experience this once in a life time opportunity.”


"The theme of the jamboree this year is to 'Draw your Dream", representing our willingness to accept young people's ideas and opinions, and create an opportunity for them to make their jamboree dreams come true.

"I’m so proud to be a part of a movement that puts young people first by helping almost half a million people develop skills for life."