An Ethel Boy Scout was one of 30,000 scouts to attend the 23rd World Scout Jamboree in Yamaguchi, Japan.
Andrew Peterson, 15, of Ethel, was one of two Louisiana youths joining Jamboree Troop 201 with others from Arkansas, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas for the trip.
Themed “A Spirit of Unity,” the jamboree focused on activities involving different cultures, world peace, environment, community service, and science and technology.
The Scouts slept in tents, prepared their own meals and traded souvenirs with Scouts from other countries.
Troop 201 visited Tokyo, Yokohama and schools and villages near Yamaguchi.
Peterson said on Aug. 4, two days before the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima, Troop 201 Scouts boarded a bus with a group of Japanese Scouts and visited the Hiroshima Peace Memorial and Museum.
Peterson is a Life Scout in Boy Scout Troop 60 in Clinton, which is led by Scoutmaster Eric Moore.
His Scouting experience includes years as a Cub Scout, summers spent at Camp Avondale in East Feliciana Parish, serving two terms as senior patrol leader for Troop 60 and attending the 2013 National Scout Jamboree in West Virginia.
A sophomore at Slaughter Community Charter School and black belt in tang soo do at Zachary Karate, Peterson intends to earn the rank of Eagle Scout prior to his 18th birthday.
“My favorite moments visiting Japan were while playing cards with other Scouts from England and trading a Swiss Scout for a Swiss Army pen knife,” Peterson said.
The first World Scout Jamboree took place in England in 1920 and is held every four years.