15th Annual World Moot
July 29, 2017
The July 25 opening ceremony hosted more than 4000 scouts from around the world. The scouts learned some history of the Moot, listened to speakers discuss the importance of World Scouting and their roles as future leaders.
Every four years, Scouts aged 18 through 25 from around the world gather at the World Scout Moot. This year is the 15th World Scout Moot and it is being held in Iceland.
Moot comes from an old English word meaning meeting or assembly. The Scout Moot is a place for young people in Scouts to gather and share ideas and gain a better understanding of other cultures. This year’s theme is “CHANGE.”
Matt Bowles is an Eagle Scout and is currently the vice president of program in Venturing Crew 2124. He is a Brotherhood member of Order of the Arrow and Keeper of the Sacred Bundle Traveling Blue Star in the Tribe of Mic-O-Say. He is also a 2016 Lee’s Summit West graduate.
Matt Bowles is part of the U.S. Contingent of 60 Scouts and staff traveling to Iceland for the World Moot and the only one attending from the Heart of America Council. This trip will expand Matt’s interest in travel and knowledge of the world. His past international exposure include travel to China and Bahamas as well as being part of the family that has hosted young people from Italy, Indonesia, China, Ecuador, and Guyana.
Bowles left for the Moot July 23, and will return August 3. The main location is Ulfljotsvatn Scout Center about 40 miles from Reykjavik but participants will also get to explore other areas of Iceland while they are there. There will be about 5,000 Scouts from more than 100 countries in attendance.