Japan jamboree aim for West Norfolk Scouts

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A Scout leader from Lynn has been given the opportunity to take a group of 18 scouts to the World Scout Jamboree in Japan next year – now they must raise the funds needed for the trip.

Rebecca Smith, 20, of Gaywood, has been chosen as a leader for the jamboree, an international Scout camp which is held every four years and is to be held next in 2015 in Yamaguchi.

Over 40,000 young people from hundreds of countries across the globe attend this once-in-a-lifetime experience to forge international friendships and take part in a wide range of fun and exciting activities.

Rebecca said: “The camp will foster not only new friendships but also a better understanding of foreign Scouting and the Japanese culture.

“The jamboree is not just a place for me to go, but it is a chance to take 18 Scouts from Norfolk and show them exactly what scouting is about and the core values of the movement.”

She added: “I will be able to teach and see them grow not only as Scouts but also as young people and this is something that I am exceptionally passionate about.

“Together we will all celebrate what unites us and learn what we can do together to help build a better world.”

Rebecca’s unit, Shirefolk, is made up of four leaders, with Rebecca Smith and David Wheeler from Norfolk, and Toby Taylor and Gareth Butcher from Leicestershire. They lead a further 18 Scouts from both Norfolk and Lincolnshire, all aged between 14 and 18-years-old.

The group have already held a training weekend for the jamboree during which they tested their scouting survival skills by taking part in early morning hikes starting at 6am, high ropes teamwork and skinning rabbits for stew at lunchtime.

The youngsters are looking forward to travelling to the World Scout Jamboree, but know they must raise funds for the trip first, a total of £2,995 per person, including the leaders.

They said: “We’re looking forward to honing our skills further and the chance to interact with others like us.

“We’ll get the chance to meet so many new people and try many new activities, some of which we’ve never heard of.

“We’ll also get to learn about many new cultures, how they live and how they do scouting.”

The Scouts are also hoping to raise £4,500 to be spent on trips and meals while they are in Japan. They are planning a bag pack in Sprowston and are also selling tickets for Norwich’s Great Duck Race, but if any person or business cares to make a donation, contact Rebecca at smiththescout@gmail.com