Across the planet Scouts, from nearly every country and territory are busy preparing for their trip to the 23rd World Scout Jamboree. Amongst them are 36 Scouts from East Lancashire and Greater Manchester who have spent over 24 months planning, raising funds and training to take part in the greatest adventure of their lifetime, the World Scout Jamboree which takes place this summer in Japan.
With now just 100 days to go the excitement is building. Scout leader Chris Taylor from East Lancashire Scouts said
“Preparing for this World Scout Jamboree has been a true journey. There has been a lot planning and hard work. We have had several training camps and team building events where the young people from all over the county have joined together to become a comprehensive team. Already they have discovered new friends and have shared new experiences. The anticipation is growing and when we get to Japan I just know it will be 100 times better. I’ve done some pretty fantastic things with Scouts since I became a volunteer but this tops the lot.”
Chief Scout, Bear Grylls said:
“While lots of people know that Scouting is all about adventure, they often don’t realise that adult volunteers get to do just as much as our young members through their involvement. The World Scout Jamboree is a great example of this. Over the course of the Jamboree Scouts 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. That is why Scouting is one of the greatest youth movement on earth and why I am so proud to be part of it.”
Between the opening and closing ceremonies, participants will have the opportunity to take part in literally hundreds of activities focused on discovering new cultures, the environment, sustainable development and global development issues.
Taking a break from the vibrant main Jamboree site with its 30,000 participants the Blackburn group will also take part in a moving visit to the Peace Park in the Centre of Hiroshima. This part of the Jamboree programme will take Scouts in mixed groups from almost every nation on earth to experience the solemn and reflective atmosphere created in the Peace Park.
The World Scout Jamboree runs until 8th August. The Scouts from Blackburn are then visiting the homes of other Scouts in Kyoto before returning to the UK.