24th WSJ 2019: UK Chief Executive Matt Hyde “I think it’s amazing… 45,000 people from 150 countries coming together”

Adam from Scout Radio is currently at the 24th World Scout Jamboree in West Virginia, and caught up with UK Scouting Chief Executive Matt Hyde

Walking around the site of the Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia, Adam Longhurst bumped into Matt Hyde from UK Scouting and caught up with him about the 24th World Scout Jamboree, how he’s finding the size of the site, and the impact that the WSJ is having on both UK Scouting and global Scouting.


“I think it’s amazing, the site is just breathtaking. People tell you about the scale and size of the activities, and the sheer size of the site is unbelievable really. It’s brilliant to see so many people having a fantastic time”

Walking around the site accompanied by Chief Scout Bear Grylls, who came onto stage at the opening of the 24th WSJ, Matt commented that he’d never seen an activity like the Summit Bechtel Reserve. The opening ceremony was everything ‘you could hope and was promised’, noting that the closing with the lit-up drones was incredible.

“I’m incredibly proud to see a member of our own UK contingent write the jamboree song and then perform it in front of 45,000 people. We should all be incredibly proud of her. One of the things several people said to me is just how confident she was, she absolutely nailed it

Matt then said that he hopes to have a go at some activities, including the huge zip-wire. He wants to thank all the volunteers making it possible, and everyone who has given their time up to make the jamboree happen as it’s such a slick operation. Matt then also had a comment about Boris Johnson currently…

“I think there’s a lot of concern about divided communities and divided countries at the moment, I’m in America but keeping an eye on things back in the UK at the moment, and not to get political but you come to something like this and it just lifts your spirits, the WSJ should give us hope and optimism as its 45,000 people from 150 countries coming together and demonstrating they have more in common”



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