Scouts from Hertfordshire are among 30,000 across the globe preparing for their trip to the 23rd World Scout Jamboree in Japan.
The 36 scouts have spent over 18 months planning, raising funds and training to take part in the greatest adventure of their lifetime this summer in Japan.
Scout leader Paul Scott from Unit 33 – Stags 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 including a recent bushcraft camp 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.”
Explorer scout Will Rumble, 14, from Hemel Hempstead, 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 World Scout Jamboree is in August and the scouts from Unit 33 will visit visiting the
homes of other scouts in Fukishima and Yamagata Prefectures before returning to the UK.
The Hertfordshire group will also take part in a moving visit to the Peace Park in the Centre of Hiroshima.
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
“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 movements 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.