As you may have heard, this Jamboree was unique and unexpected, offering plenty of learning for organizers and participants. Despite initial disappointments with the site, it turned into an incredible experience I wouldn’t trade for anything.

Though I didn’t get the experience I initially hoped for, I made incredibly close friendships with my Unit of 40. We supported each other through unexpected challenges. The lack of adequate shelter, clean toilets, and privacy in showers was tough. Leaving the site after just three nights for Seoul was disappointing but necessary.

One highlight was walking to the opening ceremony with my Unit, singing Welsh songs amid 40,000 scouts proudly singing too. I also made Swedish friends on-site.

In Seoul, I enjoyed visiting the demilitarized zone (DMZ) with our fantastic tour guide, Mr. Park. He taught us about the war during our bus ride and tour. Other highlights included a night walk to Seoul Tower with stunning views and evenings at a three-story arcade, which boosted our mood.

We attended the closing ceremony in a gigantic stadium with all the other Scouts, which was an incredible and brilliant end to the event.

This experience has inspired me to participate in future World Scout Jamborees, either as a member of the International Service Team (IST) or in a Unit leadership role. Seeing the dedication of adult volunteers has motivated me to take on such a role in the future.