Twenty-one groups from within the Gwent area scouts (Blaenau Gwent, Torfaen, Monmouthshire and Newport) were represented and enjoyed an action packed weekend in brilliant sunshine, well, most of the time.
Activities included axe throwing, bungee running, archery, aerial runway, crate stacking, greasy pole, rifle shooting, laser shooting, bouldering wall, inflatable slides, amateur radio station, to a name few!
This 'Portcullis Jamboree' was a scouting showcase and could not have been possible without the generous support from leaders, parents and their Explorer Scouts.
The Active Support Team were kept busy receiving and giving guided tours to distinguished guests all of who give tremendous support to scouting and included the Lord Lieutenant and High Sheriff of Gwent. Nick Ramsay AM, Monmouthshire County Council chairman and mayors with their consorts and a substantial gift from Monmouth Rotary.
Tim Kidd, the Deputy UK Scouts Commissioner presented the Gwent Area Commissioner Chris Lee with a Silver Wolf for Outstanding Services to Scouting.
The camp theme 'Heroes' was displayed at each group base with very elaborate gateways with the objective of welcoming the visitor. A lot of hard work had been put into these gateways by the young people which demonstrated the range of scouting skills.
Saturday night was party time with a parade by all demonstrating their hero themes from Spider Man to Robin Hood .
A scout camp would not be complete without a camp fire and nobody was disappointed with the enthusiasm from the all the young people.
The Saturday night being the second camp night fell silent soon after lights out, reflecting the young peoples exhaustion from a fully packed day.
The last day Sunday started a bit wet for a very short time but had all dried up by noon and all activities back on schedule and with the addition of a bush tucker trail, with real bugs included!
Beavers left at teatime and after the evening meal there was a closing ceremony which concluded with Goytre Scout Group performing African drumming.
On Monday morning the tents came down and weary but happy young people made their way back home with many memories of a fun packed weekend.
Bob Handley, President of Monmouth Rotary Club said: "The Rotary Club of Monmouth was very pleased to support Gwent Scouts in their Portcullis Jamboree again this year. It was fantastic to see the scouts having such fun outdoors on a lovely May morning. While clearly enjoying themselves they were rising to a variety of challenges but also learning such essential life skills as working together in a team to solve a problem."