Scout leader on Japan adventure

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Halifax scout leader Inez Johnson has travelled to Japan to take part in the 23rd World Scout Jamboree.

She has joined 30,000 scouts from more than 200 countries for the once-in-a-life-time opportunity which takes place over two weeks.

Inez has joined the International Service Team (IST) whoare the driving force behind the jamboree.

The IST is a multinational collection of adults who volunteer to spend their summer holiday in the engine room of the jamboree.

Lewis Ackroyd, a scout from Halifax, has also gone to Japan to take part in the jamboree.

At the event the scouts will camp, live and work together as well as take part in adventures and experiences and thinking about global issues in a new light.

Inez said: “I got my group to make some peace cranes so they could be taken to Hiroshima as a sign of peace.

“I’m looking forward to sharing our beliefs and scout values and meeting so many other people.

“It’s going to be amazing and I know the World Scout Jamboree will encourage people from different countries, different cultures and different faiths to meet and have a massive party.”

The theme of the jamboree is nature and the programme will use the environment as a learning tool, demonstrating both its vulnerability and what individuals can do to better protect the world.

The Scout Association was founded on August 1, 1907.

The first World Scout Jamboree took place in London in 1920 and has continued since, uniting Scouts and Guides with messages of peace and global understanding.

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.”

For more information visit www.23wsj.jp/