Eastwood scouts jetting off for Japan Adventure

Thomas Bates and Maisie Green will soon be jetting off to Japan to the World Scout Jamboree.
Thomas Bates and Maisie Green will soon be jetting off to Japan to the World Scout Jamboree.

Two local teens are set to go to the other side of the world to represent Notts scouts globally.

Thomas Bates, 16 from Eastwood and Maisie Green, 14, from Underwood are heading to the 23rd World Scout Jamboree in a fewmonths, this year being held in Japan.

Nottinghamshire contingent, the "Hoods' 40"  spent a day at the National Holocaust Museum as part of their training.

Nottinghamshire contingent, the "Hoods' 40" spent a day at the National Holocaust Museum as part of their training.

The countdown is on for the scouts, who among others from Nottinghamshire have planned for 18 months, as well as training and raising funds, to take part in their greatest adventure yet.

Thomas said: “I’m so excited to get out there now. 100 days to go has given us all a shock about how close it is now to we leave, but we’ve been working so hard to get there.”

Maisie is full of enthusiasm for the Jamboree, which runs for 11 days from July 28 to Augut 8.

She said: “I’ve already made so many friends in the process, and it will be great to meet other Scouts from around the world. I’m not too sure on the food though!”

The team had to raise the money to go to Japan themselves.

The team had to raise the money to go to Japan themselves.

Nottinghamshire scouts have raised £120,000 between them to attend the Jamboree in Yamaguchi City and with only weeks until they set off, excitement is building fast.

Unit leader Jonathan Timmons, from Mansfield, said: “There has been a lot planning and hard work. We have had several training camps and fundraising activities where the young people from all over the county have joined together to become a comprehensive team. 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.”

Between the opening and closing ceremonies, the 30,000 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.

Over 200 activities are offered by Scouting around the UK, made possible by the efforts of 105,000 voluntary adult leaders.

That makes Scouting the largest co-educational youth movement in the country, and bigger than the workforces of theBBC and McDonalds combained.

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.”

For more information Visit scouts.org.uk/events/july-2015/world-scout-jamboree-2015/ or contact josh.lee-taylor@notts-scouts.org.uk