Mountmellick scouts 2017 Evan Lawlor, Morgan, Aodhan and Niamh Conroy. Photo Denis Byrne.
A Laois town is set to play host to the largest gathering of young people in Ireland at JamboRí.
Some 4,000 young people are set to spend eight days camping in the outdoors, learning about science, technology, engineering and mathematics in from 25 July to 2 August at the Electric Picnic site at Stradbally Hall, Laois.
Scouts from 11 different countries will join with scouts from every corner of Ireland at this summer’s JamobRí at the home of Electric Picnic.
The 4,000 scouts and venture scouts aged between 11 and 18 will have 8 days of planned programme activities based on learning about the environment, science, as well as engineering and maths based projects.
The Scouts will also be taught the importance of team work and of being self-sufficient. Each evening they will cook for themselves on site using campfires they have built. They will be responsible for looking after their own equipment and tents as well as ensuring food is safely stored. The event is the result of three years of planning, and is the latest event in a long history of Scout Jamborees across the island of Ireland.
Kiernan Gildea is Camp Chief.
“JamboRí is about allowing our young people to have fun while becoming empowered with the skills to be leaders of the future.
"Scouting is an educational model that is internationally recognised, and participants on the JamboRí will learn invaluable life skills such as team work and creativity which they will be able to carry through to their own lives.
"By focusing on STEM subjects Scouting Ireland will be encouraging these young people to challenge their preconceptions and show how learning does not have to be confined to a classroom setting," he said.
The JamboRí programme theme is 'stories begin here', with activities built inspired by famous Irish trailblazers - experts in their fields who will inspire a new generation of children to become innovators, scientists and engineers.
People like John Tyndall, prominent Irish Physicist whose work identifying the critical role that Greenhouse gases have on earth temperature in the late 1800s; Dervla Murphy adventurer and touring cyclist who in the 1960’s travelled across Europe and Asia by bike, writing about her experiences and Grace O’Malley, the Irish pirate queen. The Scouts will engage in activities that will be based around these incredible people’s lives.
JamboRí will also provide great experience for young people from around the country who will form the JamboRí Service Team (JST). These volunteers, aged over 18 years old, will perform a variety tasks in different areas and contribute to the smooth running of JamboRí.