Worthing man helps Scouts in Sweden

Gerald Telfer from Worthing, who went on the World Scout Jamboree trip to Sweden, July 2011.
Gerald Telfer from Worthing, who went on the World Scout Jamboree trip to Sweden, July 2011.

A WEST SUSSEX man was part of a group of volunteers that helped Scouts from around the world have the trip of a lifetime in Sweden.

Gerald Telfer was one of 7,000 volunteers who helped at the World Scout Jamboree, a two-week event which finished on Sunday (August 7).

There were 38,000 Scouts at the event – including a large party from West Sussex – which aimed to give young people new skills to use in every aspect of their life.

Gerald, 27, from Worthing, an explorer Scout leader, said: “I really enjoyed myself because the youngsters from West Sussex enjoyed themselves.

“It’s so nice to see them making friends and having fun. We went to Camp in Camp, which meant we left the site and went into the Swedish countryside by some huge lakes where we went canoeing and swimming.

“We were camping in an international group of 90 Scouts who came from the USA, Canada, Austria, Switzerland, Sri Lanka, Cyprus and France.”

He added: “We have been preparing for this for two years.

“Although I’m giving up my holiday to be here, when you look at this city of tents we’ve built with people from all over the world; where else would you want to be?

“We’ve got Scouts from Cyprus on one side of us, Spain on the other.

“We’ve had Scouts from Argentina and Uruguay over for dinner and there were no barriers between the kids, it’s all just the best experience ever.”

Louise Baileff, 16, from Worthing, is an explorer Scout in Gerald’s unit.

She said: “We are really lucky to have Gerald as one of our leaders.

“They have supported me all the way through our selection, training, getting to know each other and getting out to Sweden, I’ll never forget the Jamboree and I’ll never forget Gerald for helping me get here and have the time of my life.”