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Brownsea Island

Brownsea is an Island of history. This is where Scouting started, nearly one hundred years ago. In the first experimental Scout camp, Robert Baden-Powell mixed together boys from diverse backgrounds. During their eight days together, they learnt to survive in the wild, and how to live by a code of honour.
The new centenary was celebrated with a camp on Brownsea Island between 1 – 4 August 2007.This New Centenary Camp showed that Scouting continues to be relevant in today’s society. It provided a forum for young people of different backgrounds, faiths and beliefs to come together and learn about each other. It was a fantastic event allowing young people to explore and experience everyday scouting activities in a multicultural environment.
Representatives from all of the Units camping at Hylands Park were given the opportunity of attending the Sunrise Camp at Brownsea.
The outline of the programme for Scouting’s Sunrise was as follows:

29 July 2007

The selected participants gathered at the World Scout Jamboree for the Brownsea Reception where they met the other participants and enjoyed an introduction to Brownsea.

30 July 2007

The participants travelled from Hylands Park to Brownsea Island, arriving in Poole Harbour by mid-afternoon, then crossed to the Island by ferry.

As they arrived on the Island, participants took part in the time trail, visiting the continents of the world and discovering their Scouting music, dance, food, culture and religion.

The participants then moved to the campsite to discover their sub-camp and home for the next two days.

In the evening, they experienced the first fantastic night of entertainment –  a world carnival.

31 July 2007

The participants took part in many activities that allowed them to explore the Island where Scouting started having fun on water and on land. The day concluded with another fantastic night of entertainment.

1 August 2007

The campsite was woken to the sound of the African Kudu horn that Baden-Powell used to wake his original camp. The morning of the 1st August focused on the sunrise ceremony.

Participants then returned to the Jamboree, focusing on themes for the future as they left.