Scouts Canada BC-Yukon

July 07, 2011 09:00 ET

Pacific Jamboree 2011 is Coming to the Sunshine Coast

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - July 7, 2011) - Scouts Canada BC-Yukon Councils today announced that that they will be hosting the Scouts Canada's Pacific Jamboree 2011 from Saturday July 9 to Saturday July 16, 2011 at Camp Byng outside Gibsons, BC. This year's theme is the Lord of the Rings –Quest for the Rings and Scouts will camp in areas named Ent, Lothlorien, Rivendell and Newfouglith. The theme carries through to all the facilities, services and activities that the Scouts will use.

Some 700 volunteer youth and adults will arrive between July 4 and 8 to set up the many facilities needed to support the 1,750 Scouts and 600 leaders that will arrive Saturday July 9, 2011. Camp Byng will become a small town, with campsites and food for more than 3,000 participants, a mini-hospital, shopping areas, a bank, a trading post, a post office, an internet café and a newspaper to name a few.

The Honourable Steven L. Point, OBC, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia who is also the Patron of Scouting in BC accompanied by Janet Yale, Executive Commissioner and CEO of Scouts Canada will officially open the Jamboree on Sunday July 10 at 9:00 am. Scouts will have the opportunity to choose from 16different activities both onsite at Camp Byng and throughout the surrounding areas. These activities include mountain biking, wall climbing, hiking Mount Elphinstone, the use of watercraft at Porpoise Bay, Half Moon Bay and Davis Bay, an overnight at Camp Burley and make an overnight canoe trip to Gambier Island. They will also visit both Sechelt and Gibsons. Scouts will be travelling by bus to their activities and on the streets in their camp T-shirt and jamboree scarves. The different t-shirt colours show which campsite they belong to.

If you want to know more about the Jamboree, watch the nightly camp news on YouTube at "The ShireNews". The camp is also open to visitors from Sunday, July 10 starting in the afternoon to Friday, July 15 from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm. All visitors must check in at the reception centre behind the front gate of Camp Byng. To ensure our youth are as safe as possible, the camp is closed to non-participants at other times, and there will be security personnel on the Lower Road.

The Jamboree team understands very well that some residents of the Sunshine Coast will experience increased traffic, noise and activity because of the bussing and outside activities. In particular, the Horseshoe Bay - Langdale ferry will be crowded Saturday July 9 and 16 as Scouts and leaders arrive and depart. We appreciate your tolerance and friendliness in the past, and look forward to the same again this year as we serve youth across Canada.

For more information on the Pacific Jamboree visit www.pj2011.ca and for information on Scouts Canada visit www.scouts.ca

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