The King and Queen on a Scout trip to the US
During the tour of the Boy Scouts of America's national Scout reserve in West Virginia, The King met Scouts who had just returned from a hike. Photo: Thomas Frostberg/The Scouts
From Thursday 18 to Sunday 21 July, The King and Queen attended the 65th World Baden-Powell Fellowship Event in West Virginia, USA.
On the Friday, The King and Queen visited the Boy Scouts of America's new national Scout reserve, The Summit, in West Virginia, where approximately 40,000 Scouts were staying. The participants included around ten Swedish Scouts.
During their visit to the Boy Scouts of America's national Scout reserve, The King and Queen were presented with the international activity badge by US official Patrick Claytor. Photo: Thomas Frostberg/The Scouts
The King was given a guided tour of the reserve by camp official Eva-Marie Johansson, a Swedish Scout from Trollhättan. Photo: Thomas Frostberg/The Scouts
On the Friday evening, a fundraising dinner was hosted by the World Scout Foundation. The King is Honorary Chairman of the World Scout Foundation, which raises funds for the Scout Movement's international development. More than 20 new donors to the Scout Movement, or Baden-Powell Fellows, were welcomed by The King. In all, there are over 2,000 Baden-Powell Fellows around the world, with more than a hundred in Sweden. On the Saturday, The King and Queen returned to the campsite, where The King led a "rocket" cheer from the main stage in front of 40,000 Scouts. Lord Robert Baden-Powell (1857-1941) was the founder of the Scout Movement.
Find out more about the World Scout Foundation here.