TWO Warrington teens went stateside to join thousands of others at The World Scout Jamboree in West Virginia.

Isabel Williams, from Appleton, and Amelie Cullen, from Stockton Heath, are two of 5,000 Scouts from the UK who joined 40,000 others from all over the world.

The jamboree, which ran from July 23 to August 2, was the 24th of its kind and dubbed ‘one of the biggest and most exciting yet’.

Isabel, aged 17, said: “It’s so amazing to see the different cultures and different outfits that are associated with each country.

“Culture day has really opened our eyes to what other countries are like.”

Amelie, aged 16, stated that during the Jamboree she would be participating in the Model UN.

She said: “This will give me the chance to meet and make friends with people my age from all over the world who have the same interests as me.”

The event was opened by UK Chief Scout and celebrity adventurer Bear Grylls said: “World Scout Jamborees are incredible festivals of peace, friendship and adventure.

Warrington Guardian:

“Young people will make friends for life with people from more than 150 countries, experience different food, language and culture while learning new skills. It will be the journey of a lifetime.”

The theme for this year’s festival was how to create a sustainable world.

The mass event, totalling more than £14 million in funds raised, 2.3 million hours spent fundraising and 48,000 days of pre-event training undertaken by the UK Contingent, was the culmination of two years of work for the leaders.

This preparation involved camps and team building events for the young people before their big adventure began.

There are more than 638,000 Scouts in the UK.