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Concept: Scouting


Mental health is a major concern in many countries. We explore whether youth participation in the Scouts and Guides could protect mental health in later life and in particular whether it might reduce inequalities in mental health associated with early life socioeconomic position.

Concepts: Cohort study, Epidemiology, Clinical trial, Sociology, Youth, Baseball, Scout Motto, Scouting


The aims of the study were to estimate the carrier state of Neisseria meningitidis in Swedish teenagers and its association with an outbreak at the World Scout Jamboree in 2015 as well as to compare sensitivity of throat versus nasopharyngeal swab for optimal detection of carriage. In total, 1 705 samples (cultures n = 32, throat swabs n = 715, nasopharyngeal swabs n = 958) from 1 020 Jamboree participants were collected and sent to the National Reference Laboratory for Neisseria meningitidis for culture and molecular analysis. The overall positivity for N. meningitidis was 8% (83/1 020), whereas 2% (n = 22) belonged to a known sero/genogroup while the majority (n = 61) were non-groupable. Throat sample is clearly the sampling method of choice, in 56 individuals where both throat and nasopharynx samples were taken, N. meningitidis was detected in both throat and nasopharynx in eight individuals, in 46 individuals N. meningitidis was only detected in the throat and in two individuals only in the nasopharynx. Carriage studies are important to provide knowledge of the current epidemiology and association between carrier isolates and disease-causing isolates in a given population. Therefore, planning for a carriage study in Sweden is in progress.

Concepts: Sample, Sampling, Neisseria meningitidis, Neisseria, Scouting, World Scout Jamboree, Jamboree, World Camp


The 23rd World Scout Jamboree (WSJ) was a 10-day summer camp held in Japan in 2015 under hot and humid conditions. The attendees comprised 33,628 people from 155 countries and territories. The aim of this study was to examine the provision of medical services under such conditions and to identify preventive factors for major diseases among long-term campers.

Concepts: Medicine, Camping, Scouting, World Scout Jamboree, Jamboree, World Camp, World Federation of Independent Scouts World Jamboree, Camporee



To describe the health conditions treated by a health services center at a Boy Scout summer camp and make recommendations for appropriate resources and supplies.

Concepts: Health care, Medicine, Health, Supply and demand, Camping, Scouting


Can a yearly camping trip help nurses improve their relationships with patients with mental health problems? Emma Dorn and Danielle Hitch, writing in Mental Health Practice, discuss the positive effect of a three-day annual camp organised by mental health services.

Concepts: Health care provider, English-language films, Mental disorder, Camping, Tent, Scouting, Campsite, Campfire


The RCN is working on a good practice guide for overseas nurses that will include a section on language barriers.

Concepts: Scouting, World Organization of the Scout Movement


One of ASA’s outreach activities is hands-on exploration workshops for local school groups and girl scouts troops held during our semiannual conferences. In general, outreach programs have three main purposes: (1) public service, (2) generate enthusiasm and interest, and (3) supplement learning. Despite the good work that has been done in the past, it is apparent that the goals of the current ASA outreach activities could be better achieved through increased efficiency. This project continues the development of the ASA outreach programs held in conjunction with our meetings to better meet the above goals. Specifically, we have developed a structure in which demonstrations are grouped into five-minute stations each pertaining to a different physical system. To increase the ease with which volunteers can assist with the stations, one-page summaries and reference posters outlining the basic principals of each station have been prepared. Volunteers are encouraged to be guided by the interests of the students in their interactive discussions. In addition, we have created a brief introductory presentation for the workshops to explain what can be done in the field of acoustics. These improvements not only provide opportunities to excite student interest but also increase the efficacy of the outreach efforts.

Concepts: Better, Improve, Developed country, Acoustics, Form of the Good, Stations of the Cross, Station, Scouting