The Cayman Islands Government Office in London hosted a reception to welcome members of the Cayman Islands Scout Association who had travelled to the UK to attend the 21st World Scout Jamboree.
The jamboree is being held in Chelmsford, Essex, with 43,000 Scouts expected to attend and 153 countries represented. The Friends of Cayman donated funds to buy the Scouts some necessary equipment, which was handed over at the reception.
Several Friends of Cayman members were in attendance 25 July, including three former governors and Chief Scouts of the Cayman Islands John Owen (who is also chairman of Friends of Cayman), Bruce Dinwiddy and Tom Russell.
At the reception Mrs. Jennifer Dilbert, the Cayman Islands Government representative in the United Kingdom, welcomed the Scouts and their leaders and invited them all to introduce and say a bit about themselves.
John Owen commended the Scouts on how smartly they were all turned out in their uniforms, despite having arrived from Cayman only a few hours previously. He wished them luck at the jamboree, where they will represent Cayman and showcase our culture. He thanked the Friends of Cayman who had contributed towards the purchase of equipment.
The Scouts’ Executive Commissioner Winston Hayle said they were overwhelmed by all that the Friends of Cayman and the London Government Office had done, and that the Jamboree would serve to enlighten individuals to the differences that exist between countries – a knowledge that would only serve to help them in the future.