A group of six scouts representing Clitheroe are heading for the 23rd World Scout Jamboree in Kirara-hama, Yamaguchi City, Japan.
After more than two years of planning, the Clitheroe scouts will join 30 more of their counterparts from across East Lancashire and Greater Manchester in making their exciting trip of a lifetime.
East Lancashire Scout Leader Chris Taylor said: “Preparing for the Jamboree has been a true journey, with lots of planning and hard work along the way. We have had several training camps and team building events where the young people from all over the county have joined together to form a comprehensive team.
“Already they have found new friends and shared many new experiences along the way. 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, participants will have the opportunity to take part in hundreds of activities focused on discovering new cultures, the environment and sustainable development as well as exploring global development issues.
Taking a break from the vibrant main Jamboree site with its 30,000 participants, the Clitheroe group will also take part in a moving visit to the Peace Park in the town of Hiroshima. This part of the programme will take Scouts in mixed groups from almost every nation on earth to experience the solemn and reflective atmosphere which has been specially created in the Peace Park.
Clitheroe Explorer Scout Tom (16) 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.”
The World Scout Jamboree runs until 8th August. The Scouts from Clitheroe will then spend some more time visiting the homes of other Scouts in Kyoto before returning to the UK.