FORTY-five Gloucestershire scouts and five leaders have travelled to West Virginia for the 24th World Scout Jamboree.

It is being held at the Summit Bechtel National Scout Reserve, a situated amid breathtaking scenery in the mountains of West Virginia.

Around 45,000 scouts from 170 organisations, 4,000 of which are from the UK, have gathered for the celebration which lasts over 10 days.

The opening ceremony took place last Tuesday.

Events include recycling and Korean pop music as well as activities like white water rafting and ziplining.

The scouts will even be visited by US senators.

As the theme this year is ‘unlock a new world’ there will be an emphasis on seeking solutions for international issues such as poverty, hunger and conflict.

A spokesman for the Gloucestershire scouts, said: “The Jamboree, which champions cultural exchange, mutual understanding, peace and friendship, promises to be an exciting and fulfilling experience for all the scouts including ours.”