Six local Scouts have been chosen to represent South West Nottinghamshire District at the 24th World Scout Jamboree next year.
They will be going to America next July to attend the jamboree, which is an international gathering of Scouts held every four years.
The first was in London in 1920 and was attended by 8,000 Scouts. Since then, it has grown with the 2011 Jamboree in Sweden attracting over 40,000 participants.
In recent years, the huge numbers of international attendees have also been joined by hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the host country who come for day trips.
Attendees of the 24th World Scout Jamboree, which will take place in West Virginia, will be joined by Scouts from over 168 other countries.
They will take part in a wide range of activities over the 12-day programme, including aerial and water sports, climbing and shooting.
In addition, they will be given the opportunity to learn about and appreciate the many different cultures of the Scouts in attendance.
The Scouts have been raising money in order to fund their going to the jamboree and to support the funding of Scouts from less affluent countries.
They have done bag packing and organised a beetle drive and ceilidh, amongst other things, and have collectively raised over £1,200.
Individually, the participants have also been raising money by holding cake sales, afternoon teas and sponsored events like a sponsored paddle-board.
The next fundraising event will be a Caribbean evening, with food, drinks and dancing, on the 6th October.
Each of the six Scouts are part of a unit, either one made up of scouts from Nottinghamshire or from both Nottinghamshire and Staffordshire.
The units meet up every month or two to discuss and plan activities, practice skills and, as one scout, Ruby, puts it: “Create stronger friendships and develop a unit identity.”
They will then travel to and experience the Jamboree together.
Ruby is very excited to go and says that she is most looking forward to the activities.
“There will be a huge multi-person zipline, which really is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” she said.
“I also can’t wait to meet people from so many other countries and learn about their language, culture and Scouting.”
Once she gets home, Ruby is keen to pass on her experience to other Scouts.
She said: “I’ll definitely do some presentations to the Beavers, Cubs and Scouts. I’d love to get some of them interested in going to the next jamboree.”
If you can support in any way or are interested in attending the Caribbean Evening please contact Susan on 07887 895976.
By Carys Jones