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Making a splash at 24th World Scouts Jamboree in West Virginia

Posted by benjaminaube1 on August 12th, 2019

Ocean Bridge had the good fortune of teaming up with Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup last month as they hit the road for the 24th World Scouts Jamboree at Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia!

Huge kudos go out to current Ocean Bridge cohort member Cyrielle Noël and GCSC educator Connor Thompson, who led the charge in delivering two days of interactive workshops and discussions about ocean health in a large pavilion set up by our friends and partners at #NatureForAll and IUCN . Over the course of two "Oceans Days" in the pavilion, around 1,000 youth from at least 30 different countries took part in Ocean Wise's workshops and discussions, each receiving badges for their efforts! With older group leaders and educators, we were also able to discuss Ocean Wise's Online Education tools and digital classrooms.

A young scout flips a cup full of soil as part of Ocean Wise's ocean workshops while other look on at the 24th World Scouts Jamboree, July 2019.
Cyrielle Noel and Connor Thompson of Ocean Wise discuss ocean health with a huge group of scouts at the World Scouts Jamboree in West Virginia in July 2019

An overwhelming majority of the young scouts who took part in our workshops were quite engaged and interested – a tribute to our wonderful educators! More than a few lingered around our table after the experiments to talk about water and ocean issues important to them in their communities, and what they can do about it.

And while she couldn't attend the Jamboree, a HUGE shout-out goes out to Ocean Bridge alum Hannah Kosick, who played a key role in planning and supporting the workshops and the trip. We couldn't have done it without you, Hannah!

Of course we can't go without mentioning other #NatureForAll organizations – the Canadian Wildlife Federation, the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, and Parks Canada – who led amazing workshops for Wildlife Days, Forestry Days and Parks Days, respectively.

#NatureForAll is a global movement to inspire a love of nature. This is accomplished by bringing together like-minded organizations, encouraging people of all ages to find ways to connect with nature, and by presenting the scientific evidence and facts about why nature is beneficial to us all.

Saying goodbye to the 24th World Scouts Jamboree in West Virginia.

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