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Adventure for jamborette scouts

The Blair Atholl camp
Scouts from across Scotland, and 14 other countries, are taking part

Scouts from across the world are in Highland Perthshire brushing up on their skills and learning new ones.

About 1,150 people are taking part in the 31st Scottish International Patrol Jamborette in Blair Atholl.

They have come from across Scotland, as well as countries including Canada, Austria, the USA, Japan, Singapore, Sweden, Hong Kong and Russia.

The event started in Blair Atholl in 1946 and has run every second year since then.

'Pretty cool'

The scouts taking part are aged 13 to 17 and they will participate in a range of activities.

Trentan, 16, from Florida said: "My favourite activity would be the Explorer Scout trek - they give us a map and we work together as a team and we go to different activities in the woods.

"Those activities include teamwork activities, making pizza over an open fire, driving a hovercraft, which is pretty cool, making a mountain out of crates, then we hike up to Gilbert's Bridge and have a big barbecue, go swimming in the river and then we sleep in a big marquee."

Calum, 14, from Stirling, added: "I've been doing archery, pioneering, the Blair Atholl Experience - you go round the woods and you just get as dirty as possible pretty much, so that was quite good.

"The best thing for me is probably the camping - it's even better when you're doing it with people from different countries. You can see the differences of how you do things and how people do things from different countries."

Ksenia, 14, from St Petersburg in Russia told the BBC Scotland news website that she had been enjoying fencing and a cooking competition.

Scouts at the camp
The scouts read maps, gather campfire wood, and cook outdoors

She said: "I like the sports and it's really very fun to meet a lot of friends, to know about the people in different countries.

"It's a really beautiful country with a lot of beautiful castles, it's really very beautiful.

Spencer, 13, from Atlanta said: "I did an activity called Backwoods Cooking - you make chocolate bananas over a fire and you learn to make caramel apples over a fire, so that was a lot of fun.

"I've never left America before, so I wanted to see a new country, see all the wonderful people, compare what I do to what they do."

Camp Chief, John Kennedy, believes the teenagers get a lot out of taking part.

"They get the opportunity to progress and develop themselves through involvement in activities, through the opportunity to speak and make friends," he said.

"It's all contributing to their development, building their confidence, building their knowledge.

"They're keen to meet folk from other countries of the world, keen to hear about how they do things and compare that with how they do things at home."

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