Countdown nears its end for Scouts from the Isle of Man heading to The World Scout Jamboree
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 3 Scouts from the Isle of Man who have spent the last 20 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 a couple of weeks to go the excitement is building. Scout leader Julian Ashford from 2nd Onchan 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 where the young people from all over Merseyside and the Isle of Man 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, including my first Jamboree, but this may top 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 Isle of Man 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.
Explorer Scout Matthew Moore from Ramsey said “This is a real opportunity for me to meet other young people from all over the world, to discover things about their culture and traditions and have fun with them. I just can’t wait to get there.”
The Scouts from the Isle of Man will be visiting the homes of other Scouts in Gifu Province before continuing onto the Jamboree. The World Scout Jamboree runs until 8th August and the Scouts will be returning to the island on 13th August.Tags: World Scout Jamboree