OVER 4000 Scouts converged on Malvern's Three Counties Showground recently for the inaugural Shirejam 2019 event.

From Redditch to Ross, Hereford to Worcester and Leominster to Evesham, young people aged six to 18 and over 1000 adult volunteers attended the event celebrating the #SkillsForLife vision of Scouting.

The event featured six zones; adventure, splash, learn, bounce, create and survive. In addition, the Shirejam main stage featured live acts, a disco and a talent competition.

During the weekend young people undertook activities ranging from scuba diving, animals, zorbing and creative craft, to climbing, aeroplanes, radio broadcasting and archery.

Scouts believe in bringing people together. They celebrate diversity and stand against intolerance. The weekend delivered an event with a diverse representation of the two counties, many new friendships were formed between young people and also between adult volunteers.

Dignitaries also visited during Shirejam including the Lord-Lieutenants of Worcestershire and Herefordshire.

Organisers would like to extend their thanks for the support from local businesses and everyone who helped with Shirejam 2019. A special mention to sponsors, PRG UK, Malvern Scaffolding, Three Counties Showground and The Rowlands Trust, National Lottery Community Fund and White Logistics

Assistant district commissioner Peter Dodman said "Scouting in Herefordshire and Worcestershire continues to grow, supported by our 2000 volunteers. Demand is also growing and we would love to open up additional Scout groups to meet this demand.

"Shirejam 2019 has shown the enjoyment and skills that adult volunteers can gain from Scouting and we look forward to welcoming new volunteers enabling us to continue this growth.

"Volunteering in Scouting is flexible and can fit around work and family commitments".

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