A Heanor teenager joined 30,000 Scouts from across the world at a special event in Japan.
Alisha Timby, along with 36 Scouts and four leaders from Nottingham shire Scouts attended the World Jamboree, held in Yamaguchi City, Japan.
The group joined 4,000 other scouts from across the UK and 30,000 others from nearly every country in the world for two weeks of activities, fun and making new friends.
The Scouts flew to Tokyo for three days, where they got to know each other through seeing the sights and taking part in traditional cultural activities.
Following this, they then travelled to the jamboree site near Yamaguchi City in the south of Japan by bullet train.
The World Scout Jamboree consisted of seven days of activities, with modules based around global development.
These included the peace programme (based at Hiroshima), exploring nature, crossroads of culture and city of science (COS).
The COS programme aimed to deepen the understanding of advances in science and technology and the benefits and problems associated with science.
The programme provided a venue for learning about the development of fuel cells and other energy sources for the future, ecological problems, as well as robotics and automotive technologies.
Heanor Scout Alisha said that meeting so many other Scouts from around the world was a surreal experience.
She said: “It was great to experience so many cultures in one small place.
“Everyone was so different but we all had such a great time getting to know each other. It was so surreal.”
The event was also attended by Chief Scout Bear Grylls, who maintained that scouting is not just for young people.
He said: “While lots of people know that scouting is all about adventure, they often don’t realise that adult volunteers get to do just as much as our young members through their involvement.
“The World Scout Jamboree is a great example of this.
“Over the course of the jamboree, scouts were able to meet people from around the world, take part in amazing adventures and experiences and be challenged to think about global issues in a new light.
“That is why scouting is one of the greatest youth movements on earth and why I am so proud to be part of it.”