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Jamboree opens, Utah Scouts making international friends

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RINKABY, Sweden — The 22nd World Scout Jamboree officially began Thursday night with the opening ceremonies that included royalty from Saudi Arabia and Discovery Channel star Bear Grylls.

The ceremony commenced with the introduction of each country very similar to the introduction in the Olympic games.

The Utah Scout contingent has been involved with many nations and is learning all about other nation's standards and cultures.

The 160 Scouts from Utah wore uniformed cowboy hats as a symbol of Utah's western living, and their head apparel have become praised and revered by all the scouts here in Sweden. Scouters from Hong Kong to Spain have taken pictures with the Scouts from Utah with their signature Stetson cowboy hats.

Numerous activities and events are going on making it nearly impossible to experience all the camp has to offer in 12 short days.

An event that further popularized the cowboy hats was the musical performances at the faith and beliefs show that included over 20,000 spectators.

Many religions, cultures and beliefs were represented and were explained. Included in the represented religions were the LDS Church, which the Utah contingent represents.

The friendly environment and educational activities are making the camp unforgettable.

Scouters are making friends with other Scouts from the United States, Spain, Sri Lanka, Hong Kong, United Kingdom, Ireland, Uganda, and Finland. Many are also friends with the local Swedish Scouts and many other nations.

Trent Madsen, a Scout from Utah, is attending the World Scout Jamboree. Email: trentmadsen@gmail.com.