Scouts set for trip to World Jamboree

(From left): Lewis (15), Natalie (14), Bailey (13) and Noah (13)
(From left): Lewis (15), Natalie (14), Bailey (13) and Noah (13)

Chief Scout Bear Grylls has praised four Calderdale youngsters after they were chosen to represent West Yorkshire in the World Scout Jamboree in Japan next year.

The event is designed to bring scouts aged between 14 and 17 together from across the world and teach them new skills.

Youngsters Bailey Blagbrouch, 13, Lewis Ackroyd, 15, Noah Powers, 14, and Natalie Ginley, 14, were selected after showing a desire to learn about different cultures and a hunger for adventure.

Bear Grylls said: “Congratulations to Bailey, Lewis, Noah and Natalie. Being chosen to attend the Jamboree is a massive achievement and they should be proud.

“Over the course of the Jamboree they 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.

“I wish them all the best and I know they are going to have an amazing time next year.”

Lewis, an Explorer Scout from 18th Warley St John Scouts, said: “Attending the Jamboree is an amazing opportunity.

“I can’t wait to meet Scouts and Guides from all around the world, learning about their cultures and beliefs and hearing about their lifestyle.

“I’m really looking forward to the adventure of a lifetime.

“I feel really proud and honoured not only to represent West Yorkshire but the United Kingdom in Japan.”

Only 36 spaces were allocated to young people within West Yorkshire to attend the Jamboree, and the challenge is now on for each of the youngsters to raise the £3,400 they need to to fund the oncve-in-a-lifetime trip, which will include staying with host families, attending the World Jamboree camp and sightseeing in the country itself.