The very first North Wales Digital Jamboree has seen Scouts from across the region come together for a day filled with virtual Scouting activities.
175 young people took part in GogJam where they had the opportunity to enjoy escape rooms, drumming lessons, scavenger hunts, digital quizzes, and badge work. The Scouts also had the opportunity to listen to talks from participants of last year’s World Scout Jamboree.
GogJam was organised as part of an ongoing effort by Scout Groups across North Wales who have been working tirelessly to ensure their young people are staying active, having fun, and continuing to learn skills for life during lockdown
Beth Gloster, Area Commissioner of Eryri a Mon, said: “We decided to organise the event after looking at our programme opportunities and reflecting on some of the sessions we held earlier on in the lockdown. We realised that Scouting has the potential to scale up so easily despite the restrictions. We knew we could still bring the whole of the North Wales region together virtually for an amazing event.
“All of the events throughout the day were fantastic, our young people got to listen to great talks from our Youth Commissioner as well as two participants from last years World Scout Jamboree. A highlight for me was definitely hearing baby shark played on pots and pans!”
Gavin Scott, Area Commissioner of Clwyd said: “Scouting in North Wales has continued fantastically through lockdown. Both our Scouts and Leaders have shown an incredible willingness to embrace remote Scouting which has led to some brilliant activities being arranged.
“With the amount of effort from both our young people and our Leaders, we knew that GogJam would be a huge success!”
ScoutsCymru Chief Commissioner for Wales Rhian Moore said: “It is essential that children across Wales continue to have access to fulfilling, fun, and educational activities during this challenging time.
“This is why I’m delighted to see the incredible effort the North Wales region has made to keep Scouting going during isolation. GogJam proved to be an amazing day and it was lovely to see so many of our young people taking part.
“At ScoutsCymru our mission has always been to support young people right across Wales, and whether that’s indoors, or outdoors, virtually or in person we’ll always be here.”
ScoutsCymru gives over 14,000 young people in Wales the opportunity to enjoy fun and adventure while developing the skills they need to succeed, now and in the future. Open to all young people in Wales regardless of faith, gender, sexual orientation, race or social background, the movement encourages its members to do more, learn more and be more.