A PEEBLES High School pupil has just returned from the biggest Scout camp ever.

Charles Munnis from Cardrona was among 50,000 Scouts from 120 different countries who converged on West Virginia, USA.

Based at a camp Summit Bechtel Reserve, which covered an area the same size as Edinburgh, the Scouts spent ten days getting to know each other and taking part in a thrilling programme of activities.

As well as the world’s largest zip line series, the second largest skate park in America, and a BMX bike park, the camp also offered river sports, shooting and archery.

The theme of the 24th World Scout Jamboree was to “unlock a new world”, with everyone encouraged to learn about other cultures and make friends with Scouts from other countries.

And throughout a 'culture day' each nation staged its own display to showcase their unique customs and foods, with the Scottish contingent hosting a ceilidh.

Charles and the rest of the UK Scouts spent a further three days, following the camp, in Washington DC before finishing their trip in Vancouver.

Charles, who was the only Scout from Tweeddale to take part, admits it was an experience he'll never forget.

The 14-year-old said: "Nothing could have prepared us for the amazing opportunities and experiences we had during our three weeks in America and Canada.

"The Jamboree Opening Ceremony was the first of many highlights.

"50,000 Scouts arriving at the same place and time, from all corners of the globe, all hyped and ready for the time of their lives - it was just amazing to be part of that."

Since 1920, the World Scout Jamboree has taken place every four years.

Charles spent 18 months fundraising for the trip to the USA.

As part of the South East of Scotland Region's Unit 91 he flew out from Edinburgh Airport on July 20.

And they enjoyed two days exploring New York before arriving in West Virginia.

Among the many highlights for Charles were the spectacular opening ceremony, which Chief Scout Bear Grylls attended, and the equally memorable closing ceremony.

He has also returned with a pack full of badges and patches that he was given by Scouts from other countries in trades for his own UK kit.

Charles added: "Throughout the whole camp there was a feeling of unity.

"Everyone was the same. We were all Scouts. Everyone was having a good time.

"I felt so proud to be representing Scotland, and I will always be proud to be a Scout.

"Scouting has given me the experience of a lifetime that I will never forget and will always be grateful for.”