Seven scouts and guides from Milton Keynes have been selected to attend the World Scout Jamboree in Japan in 2015.
They will join 20 other scouts and nine guides from across Buckinghamshire and the Anglia region this weekend for a team building camp in the build up to the trip.
The Jamboree is an opportunity of a lifetime with Scouts given the chance to meet 30,000 people from all over the world and share their knowledge and experiences.
The unit plan eight weekends and eight days together over the next 18 months as they prepare for three weeks away from home.
Activities planned include working with a Japanese school, trying Japanese drumming and preparing, cooking and eating Japanese food.
They will also be taking part in dozens of fundraising activities to help raise £3,000 for each of the young people to attend, a portion of which will go towards a solidarity fund aimed at enabling scouts from the developing world to attend the Jamboree. Activities may include bag packing, picnic carrying, a quiz, cake stalls and sponsored events.
Those from Milton Keynes include: > Steffi Place, Adam Parkes and George Metcalfe – Viper Explorer Scout Unit;
> Jamie Walker – Enigma Explorer Scout Unit,
> Arthur Monro-Bailey and Rosie Chapman – Excalibur Explorer Scout Unit
> Daisy Key – 1st Loughton Scouts.
Guide Lydia Carter, said: “Going to Japan is going to be a wonderful experience as we’ll learn about a different culture, interact with people without speaking their language and probably spend some time with Japanese families.”
Volunteer Stuart Reid said he had not been able to attend a Jamboree as a young person so was looking forward to the opportunity to meet volunteers from different countries. He added that being involved as a volunteer with Scouts had enabled him to have “different holidays” and had taught him life skills and offered opportunities to try different challenging activities.
Chief Scout, Bear Grylls, said: “I am sure all the Scouts from Buckinghamshire and the Guides from Anglia meeting up this weekend will be super excited about the journey they are starting on.
“This will end up in Japan in 2015 at the World Scout Jamboree which will such a life changing experience, and I wish them all the scouting best.
“I also know that during the Jamboree they will be immersed in many different cultures and customs that will change and inspire how they see the world around them - and that is always a humbling journey to be part of. ”
For more information about the unit visit www.japanunit8.co.uk
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