Record Oz Contingent to Japan World Jamboree
An Australian record contingent of 332 Scouts and Leaders departed Sydney last Saturday night by Qantas for the World Scouts Jamboree in Japan which will be attended by Scouts from162 different countries.
They were farewelled at a Gala Dinner at the Stamford hotel at Mascot where guest speaker was the Japanese Consul The Hon Kazuma Hatano pictured centre on stage with other official guests including Michael Baden-Powell, grandson of the founder of Scouting and Guiding Lord Robert Baden-Powell and Mrs Joan Baden-Powell, Australian International Commissioner Neville Tomkins OAM, Scouts Australia President Major General John Pearn AO RFD, Australian Chief Commissioner Chris Bates, Contingent Leader Aaron Wardle and Assistant Contingent Leader Nic Bennett.
The Weekly Times managing editor and National Guildmaster of St George’s Guilds Australia John F Booth AM and Ulrike Eichmeyer were also official guests but on this occasion behind the on-the-spot cameras.
Contingent leader Aaron Wardle is a Qantas pilot and started his flying with the Air Scouts at Camden Scouts Air Base and was also a longtime member of Cumberland Gang Show.
Theme of the Jamboree is Peace and Harmony.
Among the Contingent are mother and two sons members from 1st Brush Park Group, Leader Lynda Calder and sons Xavier and Jaedan. Xavier celebrated his nineteenth birthday on the day and was presented with a surprise birthday cake and souvenir medallion pictured with Australian International Commissioner Neville Tomkins OAM and two Adelaide Venturers Alexandra Dalton and Reece Grimshaw.
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