World scouting event to be held at Kent Event Centre

More than 5,000 scouts and guides will gather at the Kent Event Centre next summer for the Kent International Jamboree (KIJ 2017).

Kent Event Centre
Kent Event Centre

The world scouting event, which takes place every four years, will see scouts and guides representing 25 different countries from Africa, Arabia, Asia-Pacific, Europe and 'Interamerica' come together to take part in fun activities, educational seminars and make new friends.

The whole of the Kent Event Centre site will be used to facilitate event, taking place between 29 July and 5 August 2017. All scouts and guides will camp at the venue over the eight days of the event and cook their own food on-site.

Dean Harding, Kent scouts county commissioner, said: "Kent Event Centre is the largest facility of its kind in the county and the ideal fit for KIJ 2017. The infrastructure is perfect for an event of our size and magnitude and we have built a great relationship with the venue team, which will ensure the smooth running of a busy eight days on-site."

Alison Wallington, Kent Event Centre’s event centre manager, added: "It was really good to win the contract for the Scout International Jamboree in 2017 after a very successful event here in 2013. The scouting movement is such a valuable part of our community and a wonderful organisation and therefore we are delighted that they have chosen to come back."

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