Just one year to go until Milton Keynes Scouts go on trip of lifetime to Japan

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Scouts and Guides from across Buckinghamshire are celebrating a year countdown until they represent the UK at the 23rd World Scout Jamboree in Japan.

They gathered at the Hyper Japan event at Earl’s Court in London over the weekend to share their hopes and aspirations for the event.

Rosie Chapman from Milton Keynes is part of a unit of 36 young people aged 14-17, who will be guided by four volunteer leaders from the County who have been specially selected to support the unit during their adventure.

Rosie said, “I’m looking forward to experiencing a completely different culture, learning lots about a Country that we don’t know much about, and to broaden our horizons.

“I also hope to meet lots of new people and to make many new friends. It’s been a great adventure already, I can’t wait for it to continue when we arrive in Japan.”

The preparation for the Jamboree has been going well with weekend training and fundraising events. The unit are bonding over a series of camps and activities on the lead up to the Jamboree to ensure they are fully prepared for the trip.

Rosie and Rebekah will be part of part of the 2,400 Scouts and Guides attending the Jamboree from across the UK.

Before the event the UK Contingent will travel to Tokyo before heading down to Kirara-hama where the specially built Jamboree site is located.

Adult volunteer, Cathy Heron, said: “The Hyper Japan event has been a great day for us all. We’ve met other members of the UK Contingent and you can already feel the excitement of the Jamboree.

“With one year to go until the Jamboree starts, there was an amazing atmosphere amongst the participants and it’s really

highlighted the sort of adventure we are going to have while we are in Japan.”

Over the 10 days at the Jamboree, they will join with 30,000 Scouts from around the world and will camp, live and work together for 10 unforgettable days of celebration and international friendship.

They will work together to find out about each countries cultures and faiths, learn new skills, take part in adventurous activities and tackle some of the biggest issues facing the world today. They will also spend some time staying with Japanese families.

Attending the Jamboree is an opportunity of a lifetime for the girls and the rest of the UK Contingent to represent the 550,000 UK Scout Association members.

Not only will they get to meet 30,000 people from nearly every country in the world - and share their knowledge and experiences whilst working towards greater international understanding - this Jamboree offers them the chance to learn new skills that they can use in other aspects of their life.

Between now and the summer of 2015 they will bond with the unit from across Buckinghamshire, learning how to live and work together for their adventure of a life time. Activities will include:

• Fundraising as a unit the (£3,200) per participant attendance fee,

• Building a sense of team work and togetherness,

• Prepare for a period of three weeks away from home in a very different cultural setting.

• Developing the skills needed and prepare themselves for the life changing experience

Chief Scout, Bear Grylls said: “Congratulations to both Rosie and Rebekah and all the other young people who have been selected to represent their communities at the World Scout Jamboree in Japan in 2015.

“Over the course of the Jamboree these young people will be 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.

“I wish them all the best and I know they are going to have an amazing time over the 18 months in the run up to the event”