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Hertfordshire Scout Units

A group of 36 scouts from Hertfordshire have been fundraising and training in preparation for their trip to the 23rd World Scout Jamboree in Japan this summer.

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 during the event in August.

Taking a break from the vibrant main Jamboree site with its 30,000 participants the Hertfordshire 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 park.

Scout leader Paul Scott from one of Hertfordshire Units – Unit 33, also called 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 and meetings 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 Kerry Harding, 15, 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.”

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.”

The scouts from Hertfordshire are then visiting the homes of other scouts in Yamagata and Fukushima before returning home.