Scouts from Abercarn have made new friends across the globe taking part in an international Zoom call with Scout Troops from Mexico, Bahrain and Czech Republic.

Despite Covid-19 restrictions bringing a stop to face-to-face Scouting and cancelling annual events such as international camps and Jamborees, 45 Scouts came together over Zoom to exchange stories, cultures, and fun, not missing out on the opportunity to meet new people and learn about Scouting across the world.

The call saw each Scout Troop give presentations which showcased their hometowns, described their ways of life, compared their school lessons, and discussed the mutual situations they have experienced with the coronavirus.

The Scouts also shared their favourite national dishes, traditional games and played bingo in three different languages.

Alan Britt, Scout Leader at 1st Abercarn Scout Group, said: “The international Zoom call was a fantastic experience for all involved. The Troop from Pisek in Czech Republic hosted our Scouts at their campsite during a tour of Europe, and Pisek is actually twinned with our County Borough of Caerphilly so it was fantastic to catch up them during the call. We have also enjoyed a longstanding relationship with Bahrain troops with leaders having met inn person during overseas trips and our relationship with Mexican troops has also been nurtured over the years, so it was brillinat that we could all join together to share stories and have fun.

“The past few months have been challenging for our young people but seeing how resilient they have been has been amazing. I think being able to share their experiences of isolation with other young people from across the globe was really positive.

“The Scouts embraced learning about each other’s cultures and overcame the initial language barriers quickly. We’ve had great feedback from the leaders who want to have another meeting which is something for everyone to look forward to.”