Thousands of Scouts, leaders and volunteers gathered at the main stage in Camp Woods just west of Sylvan Lake for opening ceremonies of Canadian Jamboree 2013 (CJ13) on Saturday evening. They were welcomed by Alberta Lieutenant-Governor The Honourable Donald S. Ethell, who encouraged them to “make good friends, lifelong friends” during their week long jamboree
Besides Scouts from across Canada, the jamboree is also hosting Scouts from Uganda, Mongolia, Taiwan, United States, Hong Kong and Mexico.
Emcees Gwyneth Faulkner and Matt Treble challenged the audience to “meet someone from every province, territory and country represented here at CJ. Camp chairman Bernie Lutz went further encouraging everyone attending with a chant, “Everywhere we go, people always ask us, who we are, and where we come from. We always tell them, we are, the mighty, mighty Scouts, from CJ 13, Hey-eh, Hey, Hey-eh Hey.”
About 6,500 people are on site at Camp Woods. They began arriving last Friday and will be heading home on Saturday.