Japan invites international Scouts to Mt. Fuji
Through its Invitation Programme which promotes international understanding and friendship among the participants, the Scout Association of Japan invited a team of two Scouts and one leader from 13 countries in the Asia-Pacific Region for the 15th Nippon Jamboree held from 2nd to 8th August 2010 at the Asagiri Plateau at the western foot of Mt Fuji.
All participants of the invitation program joined over 20,000 Scouts and leaders in Japan, including some 800 from 41 other countries. Participating countries from the Asia-Pacific Region were Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Kiribati, Maldives, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines and Sri Lanka.
Another special program was arranged for a team of 2 to 3 leaders from 19 National Scout Organizations representing all six Scouting regions: Africa, Arab, Asia-Pacific, Eurasia, Europe and Interamerica.
Camping at the foot of Mt. Fuji for a week, participants experienced being in harmony with nature as they went through eco-friendly activities like reduction of CO2 emissions and recycling. Also part of the Jamboree was volunteering at local communities where they had the chance to know the local people and their culture.
This jamboree is part of an initial step taken by SAJ as they prepare for the 23rd World Scout Jamboree in 2015.