Wycombe scouts to head to Japan for Jamboree

Bucks Free Press: Wycombe scouts to head to Japan for Jamboree Wycombe scouts to head to Japan for Jamboree

FOUR Wycombe scouts have secured a spot on the Buckinghamshire Unit heading out to Japan for the World Scout Jamboree.

Katie Feather, Tim Rogers, Jade Smith and Ellie Watson will be part of the 36-strong Bucks unit representing the UK at the Jamboree in 2015.

The youngsters - aged between 14 and 17 - will be guided by four volunteer leaders during the ten day adventure.

Jade said: "I am proud to have been chosen to go to Japan for the 23rd World Scout Jamboree. This trip will be a once in a lifetime experience.

"I will be able to learn about a completely new culture and to be in the same place as so many other Scouts is something I am really looking forward to."

The quartet was selected after impressing at a special selection event in October. At the event they had to carry out many tasks including pioneering, tent pitching, crossing a "toxic" swamp, origami and transporting a golf ball round a field using sections of a drain pipe.

More than 30,000 scouts from around the world will camp and work together - during which they will learn about different cultures, faiths, learn new skills and take part in adventurous activities.

Adult volunteer Kevin Feather said: "What I’m really interested in is seeing how the young people develop on their Jamboree journey.

"On a personal side I wanted to see how it develops me as a leader as clearly this is a life changing event for everyone involved. I am incredibly excited and proud to have been chosen as one of the leaders.

Chief Scout, Bear Grylls said: "Congratulations to Ellie, Jade, Katie and Tim and all the other UK volunteers who have been selected lead Scouts from Buckinghamshire to the Jamboree in Japan.

"While lots of people know that Scouting is all about adventure, they often don’t realize 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 they 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 next two years."

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