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    Seventeen African nations were represented at the 13th World Jamboree of Boy Scouts in Japan, which opened on Monday (2 August).

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    Seventeen African nations were represented at the 13th World Jamboree of Boy Scouts in Japan, which opened on Monday (2 August). The Jamboree, which was to have lasted nine days, was cut short by the rain and gale-force winds of Typhoon Olive. The 23,000 Boy Scouts abandoned the site, in the foothills of mount Fuji, on Friday (6 August).

    The theme of this year's Jamboree was "For Understanding". Before rain called an early halt to the proceedings, the boys--aged 14 to 10-years old--practised the scout law of mutual understanding and brotherhood. The Boy Scouts demonstrated the skills, arts, and culture associated with each of their countries. One of the highlights of the programme was a demonstration of Japanese swordmanship, kendo, with many of the African scouts taking an active part.

    SYNOPSIS: The thirteenth World Jamboree of Boy Scouts in Japan.

    Ghana was one of 89 countries represented at his year's Jamboree, held in the Asagiri Heights--the foothills of Mount Fuji: Although the Japanese made up nearly half of the twenty-three hundred scouts in attendance, ??? three hundred boy scouts came from seventeen African nations. All were linked by the common spirit of the Boy Scouts.

    The theme of this year's Jamboree is "For Understanding." The boys aged fourteen to eighteen-years on age, exchanged uniform badges and neckerchiefs, as part of the scout law of international mutual understanding and brotherhood.

    These scouts from Kenya demonstrated one of the Boy Scout slogans, as practised in their country.

    A colourful programme of night an day activities, following Monday opening ceremonies and get-acquainted sessions. From the second day, the scouts broke up into sub-camps, i order to more fully take part in the diverse programme. In the free time allotted the groups, several of the scouts would break out instruments and held an impromptu songfest. The African scouts often provided the best entertainment.

    As host country, Japan introduce various aspects of its traditional culture. They Boy Scouts of Japan presented a demonstration of "kendo", Japanese swordmanship. Before heavy rains from Typhoon Olive forced cancellation of the last few days of the Jamboree, everyone got a chance to try out their skills at kendo--with sticks instead of swords.

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