Daventry district Scouts head off to Japan

The Scouts at the start of their trip
The Scouts at the start of their trip

Five youngsters from the Daventry area have headed off to Japan to join Scouts from around the world.

Tom King, Millie Potts, Hannah Watkins, Jordan Simpson-Brown and Alisdair Rolt from Daventry and District Scouts arrived at Junction 15A Services M1 along with their other fellow contingent members on the start of their epic adventure in Japan.

A spokesman for the district Scouts said: “Filled with emotion and excitment and in the pouring rain, the Scouts set off for London Heathrow to catch the first of two flights that will take them to the World Scout Jamboree in Japan.

“The Scouts from Northamptonshire will join 4,000 other Scouts from across the UK and 30,000 others from nearly every country in the world for two weeks of activities, fun and making new friends in the most truly international event on the planet.

“The UK Scouts are flying to Tokyo for three days in which the capital will be taken over by the Scouts getting to know each other, seeing the sights and taking part in traditional cultural activities, before they travel to the Jamboree site near Yamaguchi City in the South of Japan by Bullet Train.

“As well as being a fantastic opportunity for young people, the event is an amazing chance for adult volunteers to take part in activities and learn new skills that they can use in other aspects of their life.”

The World Scout Jamboree will include seven days of activities, with modules based around global development, Peace programme (based at Hiroshima), exploring natures, crossroads of culture and city of science (COS) The COS programme, will deepen the understanding of advances in science and technology and the benefits and problems associated with science. This programme provides a venue for learning about the development of fuel cells and other energy sources for the future, ecological problems, and robotics and automotive technologies.

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.”