3 Scouts from the Isle of Man have arrived at Manchester to fly off to the World Scout Jamboree in Japan. The Manx Scouts left the island yesterday from the Sea Terminal and now will join 4,000 other Scouts from across the UK and 30,000 others from nearly every country in the world for two weeks of activities, fun and making new friends in the most truly international event on the planet.
The Manx Scouts are flying to Tokyo then will be visiting the homes of other Scouts in Gifu Province before they travel to the Jamboree site near Yamaguchi City in the South of Japan by Bullet Train.
As well as being a fantastic opportunity for young people, the event is an amazing chance for adult volunteers to take part in activities and learn new skills that they can use in other aspects of their life.
The World Scout Jamboree will include seven days of activities, with modules based around global development, Peace programme (based at Hiroshima) Exploring natures, crossroads of culture and city of science (COS) The COS programme, will deepen the understanding of advances in science and technology and the benefits and problems associated with science. This programme provides a venue for learning about the development of fuel cells and other energy sources for the future, ecological problems, and robotics and automotive technologies.
Mark O’Connor (15) from Onchan said “We’ve been preparing for this for 20 months! I have been counting down the days and the day is finally here. The people I am going with have become my closest friends and I can’t wait to make friend with Scouts from all over the world!”
Isla Boyles (17) from Cregneash added “Even though we have to travel over 20 hours, I’m really excited. I’ve arranged to meet scouting friends from Ireland and Wales, but I’m most looking forward to making new friends from across the world.”
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.”
To follow the Jamboree and the Manx Scouts there:
- Photos in the gallery – Updated regularly during the jamboree
- Manx Scouts at the 2015 World Scout Jamboree – Japan Facebook page – updated by the Manx Scouts themselves