The South Devon Scouts are ready for Japan
The end is in sight for South Devon Scouts preparing to head east for the World Scout Jamboree in Japan
Scouts from Bovey Tracey and Buckfastleigh will be joining scouts from across the planet, from nearly every country and territory, in the fun-packed, cultural bonanaza in July.
They are among the 45 Scouts from Devon who have spent over 12 months planning, fundraising and training to take part in the once-in-a-lifetime adventure.
Scout leader Gary Nasibett-Jones and Scout Jowan Albon of Bovey Tracey along with Sam Webber from Buckfastleigh were selected for the trip following a weekend at Caddihoe, Exeter nearly 2 years ago.
Unit leader Nicki Glanville from Unit 22 (Two Little Ducks) said: "Preparing for this World Scout Jamboree has been a real journey. There has been a lot planning and hard work. We have had several training camps, including acclimatising in the biodome at The Eden Project, visiting Hyper Japan in London and Sushi making with Yo Sushi.
"Already they have discovered new friends and have shared new experiences. Jowan and Sam have worked really hard over the last two years with fundraising and preparing themselves for this amazing adventure, we are now in the last few months and the excitement is reaching new heights."
Gary, the deputy unit leader said: "It is a honour to represent Devon and the UK at 23rd world scout jamboree in Japan, it will be the highlight of my 15 years as a volunteer leader. I am really looking forward to seeing our scouts and guides meet and take part in activities with other scouts from different cultures and religions from all over the world."
Jowan added: "Its so exciting. Every now and then I'll check my countdown or look through the World Scout Jamboree kit I have and have a moment - only 59 days to go."
For updates on Jowan, Sam and Gary follow Unit 22 on Facebook at Unit 22 'Two Little Ducks' WSJ 2015.
Chief Scout, TV adventurer 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, Jowan, Sam and Gary will have the chance 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 trio will also be able to part in a moving visit to the Peace Park in the centre of Hiroshima.
They will also visit the homes of fellow Scouts in Nagano Prefecture and visit Tokyo before returning home.